Lubbock ISD trustees approve teacher raises, tax rate decrease

Lubbock ISD trustees approve teacher raises, tax rate decrease

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Zach Brady, Lubbock ISD Board of Trustees President Zach Brady, Lubbock ISD Board of Trustees President
LUBBOCK, Texas -

 

Lubbock ISD trustees approved a budget Thursday that includes nearly $6 million in pay raises for teachers. And a property tax rate reduction of seven cents was approved, setting the rate at $1.165 per $100 valuation.

This, of course, is one part of the formula on how much you pay. The other is the property's appraised value.

RELATED: Lubbock ISD: Property tax reduction a "win-win" for homeowners and school funds 

Trustees approved five percent raises for all classroom teachers, as well as librarians, nurses, counselors, psychologists and diagnosticians.

If any of the above employees have been on the job for more than five years, they will receive a six percent raise.

Other staff, including secretaries and clerks, will get a five percent raise based on the mid-point for their pay grade. Administrators and central office staff will get a three percent boost, based on the mid point.

Under HB3, the district was only ordered to give $4 million in total raises.

"The district going above and beyond makes people want to stay here," said president of the Lubbock Teachers Association Lauren Smith. "Because they feel valued and they feel appreciated, and it makes going into the classroom every day that much easier. Because we feel the support and the love from our Board of Trustees, Doctor Rollo, and everyone involved in that."

Trustees say they hope this will not only help keep good teachers, but bring in new ones. They not there is a shortage of teachers state-wide. And, while it won't make you rich, Board President Zach Brady says it will at least provide a good living.

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