Leander ISD’s board of trustees voted unanimously June 20 to set the starting teacher salary to $50,000 for the 2019-20 academic year. Pay scales will be adjusted from this starting point.
Though the numbers are still being worked out, this will mean a more than 5% raise for teachers, counselors and librarians with five or fewer years of experience and an at least 7.7% raise for those with more than five years of experience, according to LISD Chief Communications Officer Corey Ryan.
The board also approved a 4% of the midpoint raise for all non-teacher salary scales.
The raises will cost the district more than $15.5 million, according to Ryan.
The raises come after the passage of House Bill 3. Ryan said due to the approval of this bill, LISD anticipates to receive an additional $13-$14 million in state funding, which LISD is committing to employee compensation and health benefits.
The board also approved June 20 to commit a total of $1 million to the district’s medical fund for the 2019-20 academic year. This money goes toward increasing contributions from $330 to $340 per employee per month, totaling $613,000, and providing an additional $387,000 towards the self-funded medical plan, according to district documents.
Correction: This story has been updated to state teachers, counselors and librarians with five or fewer years of experience are to see a more than 5% raise.