DEL VALLE, Texas — Trustees with the Del Valle Independent School District have approved an average 7% salary increase for educators and staff.
During Saturday’s special board meeting, the trustees voted for the raise, which moves the district’s starting teacher salary to $55,000 annually. Staff members included as part of the raise are nurses, librarians and paraprofessionals.
According to the district, the minimum hourly rate for paraprofessionals is $15.25 per hour and the minimum hourly rate for bus drivers is $21.15 per hour. The average 7% salary increase for non-administrator staff includes a one-time retention stipend of $1,000. Campus and district administrators will also receive a 4% salary increase.
“I wanted to prioritize a significant salary increase for our teachers, as we all understand they are at the core of our work preparing students for the future,” said Superintendent Dr. Annette Tielle.
The raises are part of a balanced budget proposal presented to the board of trustees.
“This raise sets Del Valle apart with one of the largest increases in the region. I personally want the best staff to come and stay for our students, this increase will help accomplish that.”
The raise comes as Texas faces statewide problems with teacher retention across school districts.
“The Board is proud and excited to continue offering a competitive salary. This raise demonstrates our appreciation for all of the work that our staff and teachers do for our students and families while remaining fiscally responsible,” said Board President Rebecca A. Birch.
In an advisory, district officials touted their $500 monthly healthcare contribution and significant stipends for hard-to-fill positions, including $7,000 for bilingual teachers, $3,000 for secondary science and math teachers, and $3,000 for Special Education Teachers.
A job fair for Del Valle ISD is scheduled for Wednesday, June 15 from 1-4 p.m. at the Del Valle Opportunity Center located at 5301 Ross Road, Del Valle, Texas, 78617.
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