Austin ISD tries to finalize budget with emphasis on teacher retention

AUSTIN (KXAN) — As students and faculty are off for the summer, the Austin Independent School District board will meet Thursday to discuss the 2022-2023 budget.

“It will be the first balanced budget proposed to the trustees in six years that does not require cash reserves,” said AISD spokesman Jason Stanford. “It’s going to do that in a way that we can offer retention bonuses and pay increases to teachers, hour workers like administrators, bus drivers and the counselors.”

Some of the top priorities discussed are teacher pay and retention.

The district says it hopes to be the highest-paying district in Central Texas over the next two years.

About 86% of AISD’s general fund budget goes to payroll.

“It’s going to be a 2% for all teachers based on the midpoint of their pay range,” Stanford said.

The proposed teacher compensation plan calls for a 2% increase, and that’s based on midpoints of all salaries. Teachers also receive a $1,000 base salary raise and a $2,000 retention raise, which are split evenly and awarded in November and March.

The 2022-2023 scale for teachers increases to a base minimum of $52,190.

Teachers in AISD can earn raises based on their assessment, campus type, and optional participation in professional growth and leadership opportunities. This means that each teacher in AISD has an individualized rate that is not necessarily linked to their years of service.

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