The DISD board of trustees approved the budget, which includes $51.2 million in staff salary increases and $52 million for retention incentives, according to a statement from the district.
The approved budget also adjusted most levels of the Teacher Excellence Initiative, which rewards teachers for high performance. Teachers are set to see the greater of three increases: a change in TEI effectiveness level, a change in the compensation for the effectiveness level or the board-approved increase of 3% of compensation level.
In addition, the budget also raises the starting salaries for teachers new to the district to at least $60,000.
DISD staff members who were hired by May 1 of this year and return for the 2022-23 school year will be eligible for a retention incentive that could amount to as much as $3,500 for those on an excellence initiative and $2,500 for other employees.
Bus drivers and monitors on average will receive a 10% pay increase next school year, according to the statement. Eligible transportation employees will also receive an additional $2,500 retention incentive.
The board also raised the district’s minimum wage for nonexempt support and operations staff to $15 an hour.
More information on the compensation increases can be found here.