SAISD Gives Teachers, Employees a Pay Raise

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SAISD poetry teachers Tiffany Jenkins and Karri Ward pose for a photo at a poet workshop hosted by Naomi Shihab Nye at Lanier High School. Photo by Scott Ball.

SAISD poetry teachers Tiffany Jenkins and Karri Ward pose for a photo during a workshop hosted by Naomi Shihab Nye at Lanier High School. Photo by Scott Ball.

The San Antonio Independent School District will increase pay for all permanent full-time employees and increase the starting salary for new teachers, librarians and registered nurses from $49,000 to $50,000.

The SAISD raise will give returning teachers, librarians and registered nurses a minimum pay increase of 2.6%, and on average a 3.7% increase. Classified employees and paraprofessionals will receive an averaged 4% increase, while all other non-teaching professionals will receive a 2.5% increase, based on their pay-grade midpoint.

Returning school district employees who have completed 15 years of service by the 2014-15 school year will receive a $500 longevity supplement in January 2016.

This salary is significantly more than the $45,722 City Council members will be paid starting July 1.

On May 9 voters overwhelmingly agreed to start paying City Council members the median household salary in San Antonio, plus 35% for the mayor, or $61,275. Council members currently earn $20 a week and the mayor earns $20 a week plus a $3,000 annual stipend, which comes to $77.69 a week.

 

*Featured/top image: SAISD poetry teachers Tiffany Jenkins and Karri Ward pose for a photo during a workshop hosted by Naomi Shihab Nye at Lanier High School. Photo by Scott Ball.

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15 thoughts on “SAISD Gives Teachers, Employees a Pay Raise

  1. I am not certain I understand the purpose of the segue from the pay of teachers and city council members? If the city council members do not feel that 45,000 is enough , then they should not run for office. I have little sympathy for their plight. In my hood 45,000 is a standard of living few achieve as members of the working class. We work hard for many hours and live on less all the while paying city council members to serve the interests of developers. Cry me a river.

  2. My wife is a SAISD teacher, so I’m excited about this news. Good for them! They teach in some of the most difficult schools in the city. Congrats to all those in SAISD!

  3. What cracks me up is that this is two stories in one. Why? Its quite interesting that council members will be getting paid well without blinking an eye …..hmmmmmmm…what jusitified that? The Mayor doesn’t make a living as a Mayor? Here I was thinking we were crying about Congress….seee…our issues starts at home People!!!!

  4. Ok so they start them at 50k, that’s great, but how much more are they making in 10, 20 years? Where and when do they top out? With most teachers leaving the profession in 5-10 years you need to do a better job paying veteran teachers too. And by YOU I mean all districts, not just SAISD.

  5. I totally agree Dina Kruckenberg Toland. As parents, we all know that feeling when your child is place with that veteran teacher who really knows his/her stuff. It’s like winning the lottery! They know their subject and know how to handle and engage a classroom of 20+ kids all at different learning abilities. That’s talent and it should be compensated!

  6. Gotta love the government…let’s give a pay raise to employees in one of the poorest performing school districts in the state.

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