Spring ISD Board of Trustees approves pay raises for teachers, bus drivers, crossing guards

Spring, Texas – June 9th, 2015 (SpringISD.org): The Spring Independent School District Board of Trustees unanimously approved salary increases for teaching staff, crossing guards and bus drivers, along with an increased medical contribution for some employees at tonight’s monthly board meeting. Trustees also approved the district’s recommendation to increase the bilingual educator stipend.

“Our staff – especially our teachers, bus drivers and crossing guards – interacts with our students every single day. The work these staff members do is important and I want to ensure that they are compensated at a level that is appropriate,” said Superintendent Rodney E. Watson. “There is still work to be done, especially in the area of compensation and benefits, so that we are more competitive with neighboring school districts and businesses, but this is great step in the right direction.”

The following salary increases were approved:

  • A salary increase for first-year teachers, bringing their starting salary up to $51,500 from $48,500, which represents a 6.2 percent increase in starting teacher pay;
  • A $3,260 raise for all current teachers, which on average represents a 6 percent increase;
  • A salary increase for bus drivers, bringing their hourly pay up from $13.80 to $15.05, which represents a 9 percent increase;
  • A $1.25 raise for all current bus drivers, which on average represents a 7.5 percent increase;
  • An increase to the medical contribution for our lowest-paid employees – an additional $75 per month for employees whose salaries are below $25,000 and an additional $50 per month for those who range from $25,000 to $49,999;
  • A salary increase for crossing guards, bringing their hourly pay up from $10.00 to $12.00, which represents a 20 percent increase; and
  • An increase of $200 to the district’s bilingual educator stipend, bringing it up to $4,200 – a highly competitive stipend for the Houston market.

The new salary for bus drivers and crossing guards will take effect for the 2015-16 fiscal year. A proposed 2 percent salary increase for non-teaching staff will go to a vote on June 30 and if approved, will also take effect when the 2015-16 fiscal year begins.

The district’s final budget will not be presented to the board for approval until June 30, 2015.

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