Board approves 'significant' pay raises

During an early morning meeting Friday, July 26, the CISD Board of Trustees approved "significant increases" in employee pay. Legislation passed during the last session enabled CISD to distribute state funds among all employee groups. Called HB3, the bill helps equalize pay among districts. "Because Commerce ISD has been in the bottom 10 percent of schools in per student funding in the state, we've had to keep the district budget lean," according to Superintendent Charlie Alderman. 


All nonexempt employees which includes aides, secretaries, bus drivers and maintenance workers, will receive a 15 percent raise based on the midpoint. The increase is 7.5 times the normal 2 percent raise.


Teachers, librarians and nurses will receive a $2200 or more plus a $5000 stipend.  The state requires that experienced teachers receive move funds so teachers with 17 years of experience, for example, will receive 29 percent more than last year. 


Pay Scale for Teachers, Librarians and Nurses


Administrators will receive a 2 percent raise as well as a $5000 stipend. The average raise for all administrators is 9 percent. 


Many of the experts in school funding say that the state funding increase is not sustainable. With that knowledge, administrators and the board wanted to ensure that all employees could receive the maximum amount while still protecting the district from possible layoffs in two years. In order to do this, part of the raise is in a stipend. It is possible that the stipend will have to be reduced or removed in the future. That would only be done in the case of a reduction in funds from the state that would otherwise require the termination of employees of the district. 


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