Millsap ISD teachers could see an increase to their pay scale if the proposed budget is adopted as is.
The increase would add $22,000 to the pay scale, which would be $250 per teacher on top of their regular salary raises.
This increase would be a permanent addition to the scale, Millsap ISD Superintendent Deann Lee said, because districts usually only reduce the pay scale in extreme financial circumstances.
Lee said though this would be a modest increase, they try to increase pay every year to show their appreciation.
“We are so appreciative of all of our staff and the time they put in,” Lee said. “We would love to do far, far, far more than we’re able to do.”
Last year, the district reduced the school schedule by five contract days, which increased the daily rate of pay for teachers, and teachers received a 2-percent pay increase, Lee said. This year, one contract day is being removed.
Less contract days means more time that teachers can spend with their families, Millsap High School Principal Tammy Addison said. Time to relax and be with family is cut short because of all the responsibilities they do including grading work at home, she said.
“Time off is the most valuable thing because it’s the opportunity to rejuvenate and be with our families,” Addison said. “It’s not an 8-to-5 job for us.”
Millsap Elementary School Principal Cathy Bradshaw said teachers appreciate the support from the board of trustees. Trustees back up their verbal appreciation through supporting teachers and their families.
Although the pay raises make teachers feel more valuable and help attract new teachers, teachers come to Millsap ISD for non-monetary perks as well, Bradshaw said.
“I think that people we’re seeking out would come regardless of the monetary compensation,” she said.
Teachers usually come to Millsap ISD for the good environment, not the pay, because the pay isn’t enough, Addison said. MISD has to compete for employees with higher paying districts.
Millsap ISD Board Secretary Jerry Walker said the board needs to take any opportunity to raise teachers’ pay since they are “historically underpaid.” The pay raise would represent the board’s appreciation of teachers.
“Our district doesn’t pay as much as some of the others in the area and that’s something we would like to make strides in catching up with the other districts in the area because we have a great group of teachers and we would certainly like to repay them,” Walker said.
MISD is planning to add to its contribution toward staff health insurance premiums by paying about $10 more per month for each staff member, Lee said. Auxiliary staff would get a 3-percent raise and administration would get a 2-percent raise in the proposed budget.
The Millsap board of trustees are slated to consider adopting the district’s about $12.3 million budget at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the Millsap Administration Board Room/Media Center at 301 East Brazos St.