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Round Rock, Lake Travis latest districts to approve teacher pay raises

June 21, 2019 - 8:15 am
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AUSTIN (Talk1370.com) -- With the Legislature's efforts to provide additional funding for Texas schools now in place, school districts across Central Texas are working to give teachers and staff pay raises based on the new law.

Round Rock ISD trustees on Thursday approved a $4300 annual pay increase for teachers, librarians, and nurses with six years experience or more; those with one to five years will see somewhere between $3200 and $3600. Counselors and licensed professionals with six years or more of experience will see a $4824 increase; those with one to five years will get $3630. District officials say it adds up to roughly a 7-8 percent increase; all other employees of the district will get a general 3.5 percent increase.

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Under the new formulas for state funding, Round Rock's recapture payment under the state's "Robin Hood" funding system went from a projected $50 million to $0 for the 2019-20 school year. RRISD paid $32 million back to the state in 2018-19. District officials say the 2019-20 budget will run a $7.4 million deficit on paper, although the district has $216 million in its fund balance. Officials also point out that despite the district adopting deficit budgets for the past three years, each year expenses have come in under the projections.

Round Rock Superintendent Steve Flores praised the Legislature's actions. "House Bill 3 allows us to meaningfully address teacher salaries across the board, but particularly to focus on our experienced teachers."

In Lake Travis ISD, a $3000 raise will be given to teachers, librarians, counselors, and nurses with five years experience or more. Those with less than five years experience will see a raise of $2700. All other employees, such as aides or bus drivers, will receive a 4% salary increase off the midpoint LTISD pay grade, which varies depending on the position. Officials say when you add it all up, the increases represent an average increase of 5.3% for employees.

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