By MICHAEL RODRIGUEZ
Expect no pay raises for San Benito school district employees…at least for now.
The San Benito CISD Board of Trustees on Thursday, Aug. 28, took no action on approving market value salary adjustments as recommended in a Texas Association of School Boards salary survey – dubbed the SBCISD Compensation Plan Update.
As previously reported, the survey identified a disparity in teachers’ pay within the school district, specifically showing that SBCISD salaries for educators begin at $39,000 compared to the local market median of $43,000. TASB also found that the average salary for SBCISD teachers is $46,404 while the local market median is $48,959.
This coupled with concerns of overstaffing in comparison with neighboring school districts of similar demographics, declining enrollment at the elementary campuses and the TASB survey finding many SBCISD positions are paid either below or above market value, has prompted questions regarding budgeting practices of the past.
On Thursday, the trustees approved the district’s budget at just under $100 million without the TASB salary adjustment; however, officials confirmed that the Board plans on revisiting the budget in three months, at which time incentive pay may be considered for employees.
In the meantime, trustees and Superintendent of Schools Antonio G. Limón considered at Thursday’s special meeting various ideas in hopes of offsetting future overstaffing and declining enrollment concerns, such as considering the closure of three elementary schools.