Changes in district compensation lead to alignment with market

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All qualifying employees who are not part of a district excellence initiative will see board-approved salary increases reflected in their September paychecks.

Those whose salaries are determined through one of the excellence initiatives— most teachers, assistant principals, principals and executive directors of schools—will see salary increases, if eligible, reflected in their October paychecks.

As part of recommendations from a recent Texas Association of School Boards study to align Dallas ISD to industry standards, the board approved increase will be an equal rate increase based on 2 percent of the pay range midpoint of an employee’s pay grade, which was determined by TASB. This is unlike in previous years, when the board-approved increase was applied as a percentage of the employee’s actual hourly/annual rate.

Some groups of Dallas ISD employees will see additional adjustments to their base salary and pay ranges this month based on recommendations from the study made to better align district salaries with market rates. Most pay ranges were increased to improve alignment with the current job market.

Recommendations from the study included changes in pay range structures, consolidation of pay groups, and alignment/modifications of job titles. Some of these changes could have resulted in base salary changes though no salaries decreased through the TASB compensation study.

Some of the changes implemented from the recommendations include:

  • Aligning instructional support pay grades with the teacher hiring scale
  • Adding more pay levels to some pay plans, such as paraprofessionals, instructional support, police and security and food services
  • Moving some job assignments to different pay groups to better align with their functions, such as moving therapists, nurses and athletic coaches from central staff to school-based instructional support
  • Distinguishing between exempt and non-exempt designations in central staff pay grades
  • Revising and aligning job titles for consistency
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