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ROISD School Board approved 2019-20 Budget, Tax Rate and Salaries

The Red Oak ISD School Board approved a conservative 2019-20 budget in June while waiting for funding changes based on House Bill 3 (HB3) to firm up later in the summer. House Bill 3 is a major school reform bill that seeks to direct billions of additional dollars to public education. That budget included the same pay raise as the previous year for all staff.

Since then, funding has become more detailed and the district has moved forward with a plan to further increase raises for all individuals on teacher contracts. In addition, other employee groups will be evaluated.

Under the newly approved salary scale, the starting salary for teachers will be $48,000, up from $45,000 in 2018-19. All current teachers on the salary schedule will receive a $3,000 raise as well as a step increase. The steps have been modified in an effort to provide standard steps for like years of service.

Exempt employees (admin./professional pay scale) will receive a 2% raise and non-exempt (paraprofessional and auxiliary staff) will receive a 3% raise of their paygrade midpoint. In addition, some adjustments may be made for the market and hard to fill positions such as bus drivers. Overall, the increase in compensation totals around $3M.

“Red Oak ISD continues to raise salaries to recruit and retain the best educators in the area,” stated Board President John Anderson. “We want to compensate our employees for the quality instruction they provide our students. The increased funding from HB3 will benefit our most important asset – our staff.”

The adopted tax rate of $1.17 for the M&O rate and $.37 for I&S for a total of $1.54 per $100 value will be reduced based on HB3. The reduced tax rate will be presented to the Board in August or September along with an amended budget.