Written by Staff
By Amanda Casanova
As part of the proposed 2013-2014 budget, the Irving Independent School District will implement a new compensation plan that sets starting teacher pay at $50,000.
The school board voted 6-1 on April 15 for the compensation plan. Board President Ronda Huffstetler and trustees Gwen Craig, Larry Stipes, Jerry Christian, Steven Jones and Valerie Jones voted in favor of the plan, while trustee Gail Condor Wells voted against.
The plan also includes salary increases of 2 percent for teachers and professional staff. The board will consider and vote next month on 3 percent salary increases for support staff.
The compensation plan came about from a Texas Association of School Boards market survey that recommended the salary adjustments.
“This addresses our most significant issues with the district’s current budget and enhances our efforts of recruitment and retention of staff,” said Karry Chapman, interim assistant superintendent of administration.
Under the new plan, teachers with master’s degrees will be eligible for a $1,000 stipend or a $1,500 stipend if their master’s degree is in their teaching field.
The total cost of the plan is about $4.1 million, according to Chapman.
Professional staff with satisfactory performance evaluations will also be eligible for two year contract renewals under the proposed budget.
While school districts in Texas suffer state cutbacks on school funding, the Irving district staff is not recommending any staff cuts or reductions and instead is proposing more hires to the schools, Superintendent Dana Bedden said in an April 12 letter to staff.
There will also be no tax increase.
“While this journey has been rewarding and challenging, all and all I would say that the Irving ISD team is on the way to establishing the new norm with those things which are within our control,” Bedden said. “I want to thank each of you for supporting the Irving ISD during these periods of change and transition.”