The Katy ISD board of trustees unanimously approved midpoint pay grade increases of 5% for all classroom teachers and hourly employees, as well as a 3% raise for other district staff for the upcoming 2022-23 school year at a May 26 special meeting. Classroom teachers will see an increase of $3,600 annually, while the starting pay for a new teacher will be $60,700.

The vote comes after the item was tabled at the May 16 board meeting due to the board wanting more details on how to exceed the recommended teacher pay increase of 3%. At the May 16 meeting, the board was also presented with the district's two-year plan, in which one of the goals is to implement a teacher compensation plan that exceeds the market median.

During that discussion, Brian Schuss, KISD’s chief human resources officer, recommended a 3% general pay increase to maintain market position, which is currently 3% behind in compensation compared to neighboring districts. However, that 3% raise would bring the district to the 2021-22 school year market median—not taking into account the increases other districts would be implementing for the 2022-23 school year, leaving the district behind in its compensation again.

“This is a two-year plan,” Trustee Dawn Champagne said at the meeting. “So in order for us to get to [implementing a teacher compensation plan that exceeds the market median] in two years, we can't still be 3% behind this year. In other words, in two years, then we'll have to give, like, a 6% raise.”

The May 26 decision landed at 5%, which should keep the district on track with meeting the market median.

“As a board, it’s a priority to invest in our hardworking staff and maintain competitive salaries to attract and retain high-quality employees,” KISD board Vice President Lance Redmon said. “Our employees have demonstrated an inspiring resilience over the last two years and consistently ensure that our students have access to resources and opportunities for success."