Round Rock ISD board approves 2 percent employee pay increase for 2016-17

Teachers and other district staff members at Round Rock ISD will receive a 2 percent pay increase for the 2016-17 school year.

The RRISD board adopted the pay increase during its May 19 board meeting after considering three pay increase proposals of 1.5, 2 or 3 percent.

“Two percent … allows you to maintain that competitive nature and be better-than-average when you look at comparisons to other schools districts,” said Randy Staats, RRISD’s chief financial officer said.

In April, Pflugerville ISD approved a 2 percent increase for its employees. Austin ISD employees have asked its board for a 4 percent increase, and its board is scheduled to consider pay increases in June. However, Staats said although AISD offers a higher starting salary, RRISD offers a better pay scale.

Under the approved pay rate, employees would receive a 2 percent pay increase. For teachers, librarians and registered nurses, the starting salary will increase to $44,500, and eligible employees will receive a $1,040 general pay increase. Starting salary for counselors will increase to $49,400, and eligible employees will receive a $1,200 general pay increase.

Other positions that are based on pay grades will receive a 2 percent increase from the midpoint of their pay range, according to board documents.

The approved salary increases will cost the district nearly $5.9 million, according to board documents. That would bring the district’s deficit to about $7.9 million, although Staats told the board the district would be in a deficit no matter which salary increase it chose.

In a May 3 board workshop the Texas Association of School Boards presented the RRISD board with a salary study and recommendations on how to align the district’s pay raises closer to market value to maintain competitive pay rates. This included options to implement a 1.5 or 2 percent pay increase. RRISD board members also asked district staffers to include a 3 percent increase for comparison.
By Amy Denney

Managing Editor, Austin metro

Amy has worked for Community Impact Newspaper since September 2010, serving as reporter and later senior editor for the Northwest Austin edition as well as covering transportation in the Austin metro. She is now managing editor for the 10 publications in the Central Texas area from Georgetown to New Braunfels.