DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) — Under a new budget approved by trustees, Dallas ISD staff members will receive their first pay raise next year since 2010.
The budget was approved at a meeting which adjourned just after 1 a.m. Friday morning.
All employees, with the exception of executive directors and above, will receive a two percent hike in their pay. The district will also increase the amount it pays for employees’ insurance premiums by as much as $900 throughout the year.
“There is no question that the dedicated staff of Dallas ISD deserves a salary increase,” said Superintendent Mike Miles. “As the price of health insurance continues to rise, it is also important that the district contribute more on behalf of staff members to help reduce their out-of-pocket expenses. This won’t solve all of the issues surrounding compensation, but it is our best effort to support the staff members who have the most direct contact with our students.”
The district is in position to end the 2012-13 school year with a fund balance of more than $250 million, an all-time high.
The approved budget of $1.2 billion is up $27 million from last year and will allow for the addition of at least 210 teachers and 70 teacher assistant positions.
Additional funds will be set aside to fund district programs, including $8.8 million to fund Imagine 2020, a comprehensive effort to improve schools in the Lincoln, Madison and Pinkston feeder patterns.
“In addition to the raises for school staff and other important initiatives, we feel it is important for the district to provide more support for extracurricular activities,” said Louisa Meyer, who served as the chair of the commission this year. “Dallas ISD has consistently ranked near the bottom among the largest school districts in Texas in spending on extracurricular activities. We are recommending a $9 million investment that will go toward enhancing our visual and performing arts programs as well as enhancements for athletics, including providing an athletic trainer for each high school campus. I am especially excited that $2.9 million is being earmarked to expand academic UIL offerings including academic decathlon, mock trial, math and chess teams.”
The budget also includes a controversial $4 million leadership program for principals.
The new budget comes as complaints are mounting against Superintendent Mike Miles. Within the past six months, six of Miles’ top staffers have left, including one facing criminal charges. Three resigned within the past week.
The complete budget is posted on the district’s website for public review.
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