The White Settlement ISD Board of Trustees approved a $4,000 raise for teachers in addition to the step increase (an 8.17 percent raise for the 2019-20 school year) on June 25. All other team members will receive a 5 percent of the midpoint raise.
White Settlement ISD received an additional $2.6 million from the state that could be used for teacher raises through House Bill 3. The 2019-20 salary increases will cost WSISD $3.2 million.
“District program changes and cost savings plans that we've implemented over the past two years enabled us to provide an even bigger salary increase for our staff members (beyond what state law required),” said Superintendent Frank Molinar.
“WSISD was able to add more than a $1/2 million in addition to the state allotment this year.”
HB 3 requires school districts to use 70 percent of the new funding for teacher salaries; WSISD used 100 percent of the new funding for employee salaries.
WSISD conducted a salary study over the past year with the goal of providing more competitive salaries for all staff members. All employees who receive the 5 percent raise will now have an adjusted midpoint, placing them in the top 90th percentile compared with other Texas school districts.
“All of our team members are vital to the success of our children,” said Molinar. “We continue to strive for competitive compensation for the individuals who are truly impacting our future generation.”