Spring ISD approves increased starting teacher salary, swears in new police chief

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First-year teachers at Spring ISD can expect a starting salary of $54,000 this school year following a unanimous vote by the SISD board of trustees Aug. 13.

The board previously approved a 2019-20 starting teacher salary of $53,400 in June—up from $52,275 in 2018-19. However during the board’s workshop meeting Aug. 8, trustees and district officials discussed the possibility of further increasing the district’s starting teacher salary to stay competitive with neighboring districts.

With the implementation of House Bill 3, Klein ISD approved a 5.61% increase in July from $52,600 in 2018-19 to $55,550 in 2019-20, while Cy-Fair ISD approved a 2.78% increase in June from $54,000 to $55,500.

With the most recent increase, SISD has increased its starting teacher salary by 3.3% from 2018-19.

A new police chief

Also during the Aug. 13 board meeting, Judge Lincoln Goodwin, justice of the peace, Precinct 4, Place 1, swore in SISD’s new police chief, Kenneth Culbreath.

“I’m just really grateful to be here. As many of you know—my family knows—law enforcement and being part of a community and protecting the weak and those who need to grow has just been a passion of mine for my entire life,” Culbreath said during the meeting. “So, to be part of an organization—a family—such a Spring [ISD] and with the ultimate responsibility of helping kids grow and grow their lives—there’s no better job in the world than to be a police chief for a school district, so thank you.”

Culbreath is replacing former SISD Police Chief Victor Mitchell.

To view the full Aug. 13 agenda, click here.

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Hannah Zedaker
Born and raised in Cypress, Texas, Hannah Zedaker graduated from Sam Houston State University in 2016 with a bachelor's degree in mass communication and a minor in political science. She began as an intern with Community Impact Newspaper in 2015 and was hired upon graduation as a reporter for The Woodlands edition in May 2016. In January 2019, she was promoted to serve as the editor of the Spring/Klein edition where she covers Spring ISD and Harris County Commissioners Court, in addition to business, development and transportation news.
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