The New Braunfels ISD board of trustees approved its compensation plan for the 2023-24 school year May 9.


According to Clint McLain, assistant superintendent of finance and operations, the compensation plan is in line with the presentation board members heard from the Texas Association of School Boards earlier this spring.

What happened?

Board Vice President Nancy York motioned for the board to approve the 2023-24 NBISD Compensation Plan, which includes a $54,600 starting pay for new teachers with a $1,750 pay increase for all continuing teachers based on a 3% general pay increase at the midpoint for all staff members. The motion passed 5-1, with Trustee John Tucker dissenting.

Prior to this, Tucker motioned to amend the compensation plan to make the pay increase a 3% flat rate instead of basing it off the midpoint and approve the compensation plan. Tucker’s motion failed 5-1.

Trustee Steve Minus thought there would be “too many unknowns” they would need to figure out with the state, budget and funding.

Trustee David Heefner said there are other reasons aside from pay that are causing teachers to leave. He said he would like to see the board “really dig deep” and have an overall plan to do other things that would help keep teachers and staff in the district.

“I think that the school districts that get creative about how we value our employees are gonna be the school districts that get the excellent staff members. And if we want to be excellent we better be hiring excellent people, so we need to figure out how to keep the good ones we got and how to get other good ones in,” Heefner said.

Details of the plan

The plan includes $54,600 starting pay for new teachers with a $1,750 increase for all continuing teachers. The pay increase is based on a 3% increase for the midpoint of all staff members.

Where does the funding come from?

According to agenda documents, the increase in compensation will be paid from the fiscal year 2023-24 budget.