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Board of Trustees Approve Teacher and Staff Pay Increase


The Denton ISD Board of School Trustees approved a 2 percent pay raise based on the mid-point for all paraprofessional, auxiliary support staff, and professional employees. More specifically, teachers and librarians will receive a minimum $1,200 pay increase with additional compensation for those on “step” 1 – 6 on the scale.

 

The added pay for those experience levels affects 2,428 of the district’s teachers and librarians.

 

“We are reaffirming our commitment to remain competitive with our compensation plan,” said Dr. Jamie Wilson, superintendent of schools.  “Being able to recruit, employ and retain high-quality teachers while remaining fiscally responsible is a challenge.  I want to thank our Board of School Trustees for their guidance and steadfast leadership and commitment to making this happen.”

 

All employees currently under contract will receive the increase during the next pay period, which is set for July 20. Employees on 10-month contracts will receive their increase during the September 18 pay period.

 

The district’s beginning teacher’s salary is set at $55,500 for the 2020-21 school year, allowing for a competitive compensation plan for teacher salary while maintaining a favorable student to teacher ratio of 7.55 to 1. 

 

This approval translates into a $5.4 million budgetary expenditure and, much like a year ago, falls in line with the increased property values and gains in student enrollment that the district continues to experience.

 

The 2020-2021 Compensation Plan is reflected in the Proposed Budget that will be approved at the June 23 Board of Trustees Meeting.