Written by Amanda Casanova
The Irving Independent School Board of Trustees voted Aug. 26 to adopt the 2013-2014 budget.
The general fund for the next school year is expected to be about $269 million with spending totaling about $272 million. The district will have to dip into the fund balance to pay for a few one-time projects, such as $1.3 million to replace CSCOPE.
Earlier this year, in a rare vote against the recommendation of school district staff, the newly elected school board of trustees rejected the renewal of CSCOPE, which provides teachers with lesson plans and guides.
Also included in the budget is a $4.9 million compensation plan that sets salary increases of 2 percent for teachers and professional staff.
Under the new compensation plan, teachers with master’s degree will be eligible for a $1,000 stipend or a $1,500 stipend if their master’s degree is in their teaching field.