HISD Board Approves $1.6 Billion Budget

June 26, 2008

All of the Houston Independent School District’s 12,500 teachers will get at least a 3 percent pay raise, and the average teacher salary will increase nearly four percent, under the nearly $1.6 billion general fund budget unanimously approved by the HISD school board today.

The budget calls for a $10.2 million increase in per-student funding for schools plus another $5 million to support schools that was added to the budget today, $10 million to improve school libraries, $10 million to boost fine arts programs and $20 million for capital needs. About 10,000 of HISD’s lowest paid workers also will get a $250 bonus to help with high gasoline costs under the plan.

The budget calls for every teacher to get at least a 3 percent raise, and the average salary of teachers, with a “step” increase also included, will increase by 3.96 percent. The budget also includes pay raises of 7.78 percent for school principals, 6.76 percent for assistant principals, and 3 percent for bus drivers, substitute teachers, food service workers, other hourly workers and all other professional and administrative staff.

Health care premium costs for HISD employees will not increase under the new budget. The total cost of all the salary increases will be about $35.2 million.

InstantNewsWestu Staff

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