Waco, Tx — Waco ISD School Board is looking forward to offering first year teachers a higher pay rate in years past. The board approved a measure to raise the starting salary from $41,000 dollars a year to $42,000 a year. In total, the pay increase will cost the district about $400,000.
"If we're going to take the Waco public schools to the place that we all want them to be, we need the best and the brightest educators in this district. And, to attract that level of educator, we need to pay a good salary, said Waco ISD School Board President, Pat Atkins.
This unanimous decision was made in an effort to make the "district as attractive as possible" as they move into the hiring season. Atkins says 75 percent of the district's revenue goes to salary and benefits while the rest goes to student programs and facilities. Last year, Atkins says the district "made the difficult decision to close eight campuses."
Across the board, Waco ISD teachers received a three percent pay increase in 2012, compared to a 1.6 percent increase for other teachers across the state.
The starting teacher salary for Waco ISD is one of the highest paying in the area.
Stipends are also being increased for high school science in an effort to also attract and retain high school science teachers.