Stockdale ISD employees to get pay raises

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[Video below] The Stockdale Independent School District (ISD) has approved salary increases for district employees as part of a newly adopted budget for 2022-23.

Board members approved a total budget of $11,231,270 at their June 27 meeting. Included in this is $9,711,525 for general operating funds —which includes district salaries — and $608,904 for the child nutrition fund. The remaining $910,841 has been allocated to debt service.

“We looked through the compensation plan back in April,” said Stockdale ISD Business Manager Becky Stewart. “That is the biggest part of this budget.”

The new budget provides a salary increase for all employees, according to Stewart. For teachers, there will be salary step increases, as well as an additional $1,000 to each step. For district administrators, paraprofessionals, and support staff, it will mean a 2-percent of midpoint increase in pay. The budget allocates $5.5 million toward instruction (salaries), compared to $5.3 million last school year.

Also included in the approved budget is a $20,448 increase over last year in security allowance.

The district is proposing a property-tax rate of $1.1622 per $100 of taxable valuation to support the budget — the same rate as this year. However, the tax rate cannot be adopted until after July 25, the deadline for the Wilson County Appraisal District to complete the certification of tax rolls.