Round Rock ISD superintendent receives salary increase, performance bonus

Round Rock ISD Superintendent Steve Flores received a salary increase following his annual review by the RRISD board of trustees. (Courtesy Round Rock ISD)
Round Rock ISD Superintendent Steve Flores received a salary increase following his annual review by the RRISD board of trustees. (Courtesy Round Rock ISD)

Round Rock ISD Superintendent Steve Flores received a salary increase following his annual review by the RRISD board of trustees. (Courtesy Round Rock ISD)

Round Rock ISD Superintendent Steve Flores received a 3.5%, one-year pay raise following his annual review by the RRISD board of trustees on Nov. 11.

Flores’s former annual salary was $301,190. He will also receive a one-time incentive and performance payment of $4,200 for meeting board targets, the board said.

Annually, the Round Rock ISD board of trustees evaluates the superintendent’s performance.

Following last November’s review, the board voted to extend Flores’s contract through June 30, 2022. The contract extension was approved two days after RRISD voters passed a $508 million bond on Nov. 6, 2018. Voters also elected three new board members—Cory Vessa, Amy Weir and Amber Feller—and one incumbent—Steve Math—in the November 2018 election.

This year, the board voted not to extend Flores's contract beyond 2022.


Prior to the board’s 2019 review, which occurred in closed session, six individuals spoke during public comment. Four voiced concerns with Flores and his administration.

Kellyn Bradford, who said she has served on several district committees since 2007, voiced concerns about construction at McNeil High School being behind schedule and over budget. She pointed to the district slipping from an A to a B rating in the 2019 Texas Education Agency accountability rating alongside other concerns centering around equitable treatment of students and staff.

“Dr. Flores’s performance review isn’t about whether you like or dislike him, it is about whether he is doing the job he was hired to do, which is educate our students, manage our district and complete projects,” Bradford said. “It is strictly a business discussion, and just the facts should be reviewed.”

Two individuals spoke in favor of Flores.

“I’m speaking from the perspective of a dad, a taxpayer and a citizen and a business owner here in the community,” Mike Doss said. “I chose to move here for the schools. The businesses I work with value the school district. They value the leadership Dr. Flores provides.”

Flores joined RRISD in October 2013. He was named the Central Texas Superintendent of the Year by the Austin Chamber of Commerce in a Nov. 5 news release. The chamber will recognize Flores at its annual State of Education on Nov. 14.

“We have an award-winning district,” Doss said. “We have an award-winning superintendent.”

Editor's note: The post has been updated to clarify a board member's role as an incumbent.
By Taylor Jackson Buchanan
Taylor Buchanan joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2018 after completing a master of journalism degree from the University of Texas. She worked as the senior reporter for Community Impact's Southwest Austin edition and is now the editor for the company's flagship Round Rock/Pflugerville/Hutto edition.


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