ROUND ROCK, Texas (KXAN) — Teachers in our area could take home a little more pay next school year. With such an important job, many say years of pay freezes have taken a toll. Now, several districts, including Round Rock ISD, plan to pad the paychecks to keep the best teachers and employees around.
The Board of Trustees approved a 2 percent raise at salary scale midpoints for all employees next school year.
“Teaching is a passion to me,” said third grade teacher Amy Timson. “I think the biggest part that I really enjoy the most out of it is just really truly being an inspiration to kids.”
For teachers like Timson, her job is much more than a paycheck.
“It’s not just about test scores. To me, it’s about really developing the whole child.”
And it’s teachers like Timson that Round Rock ISD want to keep around. That’s why they’re giving them a raise.
“Teaching requires high talent,” said Kristina Snow, principal at Teravista Elementary. “Especially with the critical expectations put on public schools in Texas, and we need the very best and brightest.”
All employees in the district will receive the 2 percent raise. The starting salary for first year teachers will increase to $43,000 from $42,500.
“Its one of the hardest working jobs,” Snow added. “Not just when we are here at school, but after hours.”
“It’s really wonderful for me as a teacher of course,” Tinson said. “I’m sure most teachers would agree with me, we spend a lot of our own money for the classroom and for different things.”
While 2 percent may not seem like much, it is an increase. And that’s something even a third grader can understand.