Leander ISD contemplates salary raises for teachers, staff

Leander ISD is proposing salary increases for the 2019-20 academic year.

Leander ISD is proposing salary increases for the 2019-20 academic year.

Leander ISD annually reviews its employee compensation and benefits packages prior to adopting a budget. As the district continues budget discussions for the 2019-20 school year, teachers and other LISD staff may see pay raises of around 2%.

The district is waiting on actions from the ongoing Texas Legislature—namely House Bill 3—that could impact teacher salary raises before making an official recommendation.

Here are the current proposals for pay raises for LISD staffers, according to district documents:

Teacher with a bachelor’s degree—2.12%
Teacher with a master’s degree—1.98%
Teacher with a doctorate—1.94%
Registered nurse—1.81%
Counselor—1.65%
Administrative/professional—2%
Information technology—2.01%
Office/paraprofessional—2.01%
Auxiliary—2.02%

District staff recommended the board of trustees approve an increase in LISD funding toward employee health insurance, raising it from $330 to $340 per month, and an additional $387,000 for the self-funded medical plan.

The funding aims to offset rising health care costs, and employees may still have higher premiums because of the inflation, according to LISD’s website.

“We have budgeted [to add] a million dollars to the [LISD medical] plan. … Part of that goes to increase the district’s contribution from $330 to $340 per employee per month, and the rest goes to just offset some of those inflation costs,” said Kelli Vito, LISD’s senior director of compensation and benefits, at an April 18 meeting.

These benefits will be considered at a later meeting.
By Abby Bora
Abby Bora started at Community Impact Newspaper in May 2017. After working as a reporter, she became editor of the Cedar Park-Leander edition in October 2018. She covers Leander ISD and city government. Bora graduated from Johnson & Wales University in Providence, R.I. with a bachelor’s degree in media and communications studies.


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