Board Approves New Budget: Highlights Include Staff Raises, New Teacher Salary Increase, and Teacher Leaders
During a Special Board Meeting on Monday, June 27, the Duncanville ISD Board of Trustees approved a balanced budget that provides a district-wide employee raise and increases the starting salary for new teachers to $50,000. The Board also made pay grade adjustments to ensure salaries within Duncanville ISD are competitive with comparable school positions across the area. Trustees placed a priority on adopting a balanced budget for fiscal year 2016-2017 after adopting a deficit budget four of the last six years.
“In order to be responsible to tax payers, the Board approved a balanced budget. This will give us the opportunity to improve programs and increase enrollment,” said Board President Elijah Granger. “We want to give staff as much as possible and we are giving what we have.”
The Board of Trustees worked diligently to provide a 1% raise in the 2016-2017 budget while enhancing academic programs and prioritizing fiscal responsibility.
“We have to make hard decisions,” said Board Vice President Renee McNeely.
The pay raise positively impacts all employee groups.
New Teacher Salary Increase/Pay Grade Adjustments
After reviewing the results of a compensation study presented to the Board in June, it was determined that the starting salary for Duncanville ISD teachers was below that of others in the area. To be more competitive in the hiring market and to draw talented new teachers, starting pay for beginning teachers will increase from $49,000 to $50,000.
One high point of the 2016-2017 budget for classroom support is the addition of 12 Teacher Leader positions. The Teacher Leaders will provide mentoring and curriculum support. They will be housed on individual campuses and will provide training and coaching to continue the implementation of the district’s new curriculum which began in the 2015-2016 school year.
To view the presentations shown during the Special Board Meeting on Monday, June 27, 2016, click here.