A Killeen ISD spokesman says the district’s nearly 3000 teachers could see pay raises next year after school board members Tuesday night began discussions of the teacher salary schedule as part of the budget process.
Discussions centered on pay raises for teachers and other employees ranging from 1 to 2 percent, meaning every Killeen ISD teacher would be getting about $1000 more per year.
The KISD administration also is looking at increasing the starting salary for brand-new teachers as the district prepares to hire up to 500 new teachers for the next school year and as the district works to continue to have the highest teacher pay in the area.
Superintendent John Craft said a pay raise for teachers and other employees is a way to reward hard work and keep the district’s salaries competitive.
“Our teachers do phenomenal work and that resonates each and every day impacting our students,” Dr. Craft said. “Our educators certainly deserve a pay raise, and it’s also very important that we keep our salaries competitive so that we can retain our teachers and other educators and recruit new ones every year to keep providing our students a first-rate education.”
Board President Corbett Lawler said benefits packages were also being looked at.
“We’ve got to increase those benefits and compete for those teachers,” Lawler said.