The Lubbock ISD Board approved salary increases, which means at least $1,500 more annually for LISD teachers.
Superintendent Karen Garza said it won’t be new money that pays for the increases. Rather, it is the result of long-term strategic planning and increased attendance. Garza said about $4 million were freed up to reward employees.
“It was hard to find the money in the system to do it,” Garza said, “but it was a priority of ours to do something significant and meaningful for our employees, and I believe we have been able to do that.”
Beginning in August, the starting salary for a teacher will be $40,000, which is a big jump from last year’s $37,750. That salary is still a bit lower than some similar-sized districts in Texas, but it is a bit higher than the smaller Lubbock County districts. Garza said it will help retain top teachers.
“This certainly keeps us marketable in this part of Texas,” Garza said. “We have to be competitive for the best teachers. I think our fiscal year change and our ability for our principals to hire early, and get out there early with their positions has made a positive difference.”
Frenship Superintendent David Vroonland said pay is not the only way districts attract quality teachers.
“Looking for a job is more than just the salary,” Vroonland said. “You are looking for working conditions, you are looking for leadership that you are going to work with, and the vision of the district, and some of the things going on in the district that align with you and what you believe in.”
In addition to raises for LISD teachers, counselors, diagnosticians, librarians and nurses will all get an average increase of three percent.