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Belton ISD school board approves historic pay raises for employees

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Posted at 9:18 AM, Jul 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-16 10:20:09-04

BELTON, TX — During the Belton ISD's school board meeting, trustees approved a compensation plan for the 2019-20 year to include $4.8 million in raises for district employees on Monday.

A majority of that funding, about $4.3 million, will go to non-administrative positions.

“From the nutrition services worker to the classroom teacher, our employees are making a difference in the lives of our kids each day,” said Board President Sue Jordan. “As a board, we are proud of the thoughtful and fiscally sound way the administration has addressed what will be the most significant investment in Belton ISD’s employee compensation plan in recent history.”

The approved plan provides teacher pay increases ranging from $3,200 to $5,190 based on years of experience. It is an average increase of 6.5 percent.

Beginning teacher salaries in Belton ISD increased by $2,900 to $50,200.

The district will pay more for employee's monthly health insurance premiums, increasing the district's contribution to $400 per month.

“Throughout this year’s lengthy planning process, we determined that salary increases for paraprofessionals and educational aides should also be a priority for the district,” described Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources Todd Schiller. “These employees play an important role in meeting the needs of our students. We are pleased that the board approved the recommended increases.”

Belton ISD's 2019-20 plan exceeds requirements established by HB 3 by investing over $1 million more than the law requires in employee salaries.