GISD budget

With changes made by the Texas Education Agency to the state’s minimum salary scale, some teachers who have worked for the Greenville Independent School District for more than 11 years may enjoy boosts to their annual salary by as much as $3,795.

In addition to the changes in the TEA’s minimum salary scale, members of GISD’s finance team – as they plan the 2019-20 district budget – also hope to offer all district employees – not just teachers – a raise of at least 3 percent.

“At a minimum, we know people will get a 3 percent raise,” said GISD Superintendent Demetrus Liggins at the June 18 school board meeting. “For sure, most teachers are going to get more than that … probably everyone other than administrators will get more than that, but until you go in and crunch the numbers and see, we won’t know exactly.”

The change to the TEA’s minimum salary scale won’t affect teachers who are still working through their first 10 years in the profession, though, as GISD’s current hiring schedule shows higher salaries than the state minimum.

For instance, according to the district’s hiring schedule, certified teachers with zero years of experience are supposed to receive at least $43,800 for their first year while the state minimum is $33,660, and certified GISD teachers with nine years of experience are listed as receiving at least $45,589 while the minimum set by TEA for ninth-year teachers is $44,440.

GISD’s hiring schedule also shows a higher salary than the state minimum for teachers with 10 years of experience – $45,866 versus $45,630 – but the difference is less than 3 percent, so 10th-year teachers could make a salary of at least $46,998.90 starting in 2019-20, if the 3 percent all-staff raise is approved.

However, the new state minimum salaries for teachers with 11 to 21 years worth of experience are now more than 3 percent higher than what is shown on the district’s hiring schedule. The state-mandated changes to the district’s minimum pay scale, starting in the 2019-20 school year, are as follows:

11 years – $46,078 up to $46,770 – an increase of $692

12 years – $46,391 up to $47,850 – an increase of $1,459

13 years – $46,821 up to $48,850 – an increase of $2,029

14 years – $47,139 up to $49,810 – an increase of $2,671

15 years – $47,457 up to $50,710 – an increase of $3,253

16 years – $47,775 up to $51,570 – an increase of $3,795

17 years – $49,593 up to $52,370 – an increase of $2,777

18 years – $50,425 up to $53,140 – an increase of $2,715

19 years – $50,925 up to $53,860 – an increase of $2,935

20 years – $51,425 up to $54,540 – an increase of $3,115

21 years – $51,925 up to $54,540 – an increase of $2,615

For teachers who have worked for 22 or more years, GISD’s hiring scale is still higher than the state minimum because the state minimum stays at $54,540 after the first 20 years while GISD’s continues to rise.

Travis Hairgrove is a news reporter and features writer at the Herald-Banner and covers city government for many municipalities in Hunt County. To reach him outside of business hours, email THairgroveReporter@gmail.com.