Monday, July 16, 2007
McKinney ISD trustees boost teacher salaries
The board also approved to set aside $250 for teaching supplies, exclaiming "a sarcastic Garfield poster in every classroom!"
MCKINNEY The McKinney ISD Board of Trustees recently approved salary increases for McKinney ISD teachers and staff. Last year, beginning teachers in the District earned a starting salary of $41,500. This year, the Board of Trustees approved a starting salary of $43,000.
The Board went a step further and approved a recommendation to provide every full-time teacher with $250 to help subsidize the cost of teaching supplies and materials. In addition, they approved a $500 mid-year stipend to be paid to all full-time employees in late November or early December. The Board also approved an increase of $15 per month for all participating staff to go towards increases in the cost of health insurance premiums. McKinney ISD teacher salaries are among the highest in Collin County and the region.
Employees on pay grades 1 and 2 (e.g. teachers, adaptive PE teachers, assistive technology specialists, autism/behavior specialists, diagnosticians, occupational therapists, orientation/mobility specialists, psychologists, speech pathologists, and vision teachers) will receive a $1,500 raise as well as their increase in step pay. For example, a second year teacher would earn the following: $41,500 + $1,500 raise + $300 step increase + $500 mid-year stipend + $250 supply stipend = $44,050. Pay grades other than 1 and 2 will receive a raise of 4 percent of midpoint.
“The commitment of the administration and Board of Trustees has been and will continue to be recruiting and retaining high quality teachers and support staff,” said Cody Cunningham, Assistant to the Superintendent for Communications.
The Board also approved an overall budget of $162.6 million at the meeting. This represents an increase of $18.2 million compared to the previous year’s budget. The increase was due primarily to increased staffing to accommodate the continued growth in student enrollment, the opening of two new schools (McGowen Elementary School and Press Elementary School), and the salary increases previously described. Despite the budget increase, McKinney ISD taxpayers will receive significant relief as a result of the new school finance plan. The tax rate is projected to drop from $1.841 per $100 of assessed value in 2007, to a maximum of $1.54 per $100 of assessed value in 2008.
The McKinney ISD salary schedules are posted on the McKinney ISD website under Human Resources: http://www.mckinneyisd.net/departments/humanresources/MISD_Compensation.htm
For more information about the McKinney Independent School District, contact Cody Cunningham, Assistant to the Superintendent for Communications at 469-742-4095 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
Source: McKinney ISD
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