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Board approves pay raise for all employees

The Denton ISD Board of Trustees approved a 2-percent pay raise based on the mid-point for all paraprofessionals, auxiliary support staff and professional employees.

The proposed recommendation includes two parts: a general pay increase for all employees and equity adjustments for employees whose current salary is below the market median.

Teachers and librarians will receive a minimum $1,250 pay increase with additional compensation for those on “Step” 1-6 on the scale. Teachers and librarians from steps 11 through 23 will receive additional pay due to market adjustments. The added pay for those experience levels affects 2,352 of the district’s teachers and librarians.

“Our Board recognizes the importance of maintaining a competitive salary structure to continue to attract the top talent in the area,” said Jamie Wilson, superintendent of schools. “Our teacher base and staff are the lifeblood of the district and this  show of support signals that they are valued during these challenging times in our profession.”

Compensation changes will be implemented for July for those district employees on 12-month contracts, August for 11-month contracts and September for 10-month contracts. All employees currently under contract will receive the increase during the first pay period of the new fiscal year, which is set for July 20. 

The district’s beginning teacher salary is set at $56,400 for the 2021-22 school year, allowing for a competitive compensation plan for teacher salary while maintaining a favorable student-to-teacher ratio. 

This approval translates into a $5.5 million budgetary expenditure that falls in line with the increased property values and gains in student enrollment that the district continues to experience. 

The 2021-22 Compensation Plan is reflected in the proposed budget that will be approved at the June 22 Board of Trustees meeting.