This post is partially retracted. It appears all teachers will get some raise, although not all will get a good raise. We finally received updates from LISD on 8/25/2010 explaining that the years of service shown in the salary schedules only apply to entry into the district. We'll be posting an update in a seperate post later, to make sense of the confusion.
Well, this is interesting. A reader points out to us that although the headlines read that LISD approved an average 1.18% raise for all employees, that figure is misleading.
It turns out that all administrative staff will be getting the raise, but if the published schedules are correct, some teachers may not.
The reason is that teachers are paid based on a salary schedule that only takes into account educational level and years of experience. As teachers complete each year of service, they progress to the next step, which accounts for their experience. When inflation adjustments need to be made, the entire scale is adjusted so that each step pays more than it did in the previous year.
LISD is not applying any inflation values to the scale for teachers this year, except in the entry level 0 step, which is $450 higher this year for Bachelor's and Master's teachers.
Since the steps for highly experienced teachers with 25, 27, 29, or 31 + years of experience do not progress to the next step with an additional year of service, these teachers will not get raises.
The district has policy of wanting to hire "green" from now on, and shed some of its more expensive experienced teachers, and this policy would seem to reflect that.
The consumer price index is increased by 1.1% for the 12 months ending June 2010.
2010-2011 Teacher Salary Schedule
2009-2010 Teacher Salary Schedule
Update - 8/4/2010 - 11:26 p.m.
The above may not be entirely correct, in that the schedules posted on LISD's website (re-posted here) may not tell the entire salary story. There have been some comments below from LISD teachers who believe they are getting raises, and I want to believe them.
Based on the explanation in the text at the bottom of the 2009-2010 salary schedule, it would seem this applies at least to new hires, with or without previous experience. I'll check with the district on Thursday and see if they can clarify what other components go into teacher salaries.
Update 8/5/2010 5:27 p.m.
We asked LISD's communications department for clarification, and they sent a copy of the memo that was sent out to all teachers:
Greetings LISD Employees!
The Board of Trustees met July 29 to finalize all employee compensation and benefits for school year 2010-2011. The increases approved by the Board include:
Step increase for all teachers, librarians, counselors, nurses, diagnosticians and speech pathologists
Each employee listed above will receive a step increase over their salary last year. To determine this, simply find your step on last year’s schedule and move down one step.
1.18% increase for all other employees
All other employees will receive a 1.18% increase for school year 2010-2011. This percentage is based on the average step increase for all raises given to teachers, librarians, counselors, nurses, diagnosticians and speech pathologists.
District contribution to employee health insurance
The LISD Board of Trustees approved an increase in the District’s contribution toward health insurance premiums of $17 per month ($204 per year) for the 2010-11 school year only. The Board’s action helps offset an increase in health insurance premiums beginning September 1, 2010. This is the second time in the last four years the Board has increased the District’s contribution due to an increase in premiums.
Please provide this information to any employee who does not have email.
The Board of Trustees devotes countless unpaid hours to help ensure student achievement and provide invaluable leadership to the District. Please thank the Board of Trustees for their continued support of District employees and our families.
Although they didn't answer my specific question about employees in the second year of a two-year step, I take it to mean that the step IS the only raise in direct compensation. It may be semantics, but my thinking is that the way the pay scale is structured, a step is more of a pre-ordained entitlement than an overall increase.
After all, you should have some number of teachers retiring or quitting from the top end, and some new teachers coming in at the bottom, so that you would have somewhere close to the same salaries in aggregate. (Actually, since we're a growing district, we probably bring in more on the new end.)
Update 8/5/2010 - 8 p.m.
Apparently the district has more than one pay schedule for teachers. Some teachers are on a plan called the "Career Ladder", which has pay steps for 22 through 41. I am told that this particular chart is for teachers with Masters degrees who got on the plan years ago.
(Click to enlarge)
Since I don't have last year's career ladder schedule, I'm not sure whether the steps got any increases.
I'll update as I find out more.
We've been getting more information from the district and employees, and will try to summarize it for you when it becomes clear.
In the meantime, I've attached a chart that WhosPlayin has constructed based on the past three years of regular salary schedules. You can follow across the chart to see how it is possible that some teachers haven't received a raise in the coming year.
- Lewisville ISD Salaries by Employee
- House Bill 3646 of 2009 allocated $800 per teacher to each district for raises over and above what the district was going to pay.