Board of Trustees approves $103 million in additional compensation for staff

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The Dallas ISD Board of Trustees at its June meeting approved the district’s budget for 2022-2023, which includes $51.2 million in salary increases for staff and $52 million for retention incentives—a combined $103.2 million in compensation increases. 

Teachers
The approved budget includes an adjustment for most levels in the Teacher Excellence Initiative (TEI). Teachers will get the greater of three increases—a change in TEI effectiveness level, a change in the compensation for the effectiveness level or the board-approved increase (3% of compensation level). 

Teachers will be eligible to advance more than one level on the 2021-2022 scorecard based if earned. Normally, teachers can only move up one level per year. Rules for years of service and rules for Distinguished effectiveness levels will still apply. 

The approved budget also includes an increase to starting salaries for teachers new to the district to at least $60,000.

Teachers working in high-need areas, such as bilingual education, and those working in ACE and other high priority campuses, and those working additional days in Intersession and School Day Redesign schools will receive compensation in addition to their base salary increases.

Retention incentives
Staff who were hired by May 1, 2022, and return for the 2022-2023 school year will be eligible to receive a retention incentive that could amount to as much as $3,500 for those on an excellence initiative and $2,500 for other employees. The incentive will be included in employees’ paychecks in three installments. The first installment—$500— will be paid in September. The rest of the retention incentive will be included in the December and May paychecks. 

Minimum wage increase
About 7,200 non-exempt support and operations staff will see an increase in their salaries through an adjustment to $15 in the hourly minimum wage. This increase in the hourly minimum wage rate positions Dallas ISD as a regional leading district in minimum wage values.

Transportation
Bus drivers and monitors on average will receive a 10% pay increase next school year. In addition to their pay level increase, returning eligible transportation employees will receive an additional $2,500 retention incentive. The minimum pay will be:

  • $25 per hour for a driver with a current commercial driver’s license (CDL)
  • $17.49 per hour for an MPV driver
  • $15 per hour for a bus monitor

Food Services
Food service cooks and assistants on average will receive a 10% pay increase next school year, and returning eligible food services employees will receive an additional $2,500 retention incentive in addition to the pay level increase. The minimum pay will be:

  • $15.14 for food service assistants
  • $16.96 for food service cooks

Maintenance and Facility Services
Hourly maintenance and facilities staff on average will receive a 10% percent pay increase next school year and an additional $2,500 retention incentive when they return for the 2022-2023 school year in addition to their pay level increase. The minimum pay for custodians will be $15.

Assistant principals and principals
Assistant principals and principals will also see an adjustment in the compensation levels of their respective excellence initiatives. Principals and assistant principals will get the greater of three increases—a change in effectiveness level, a change in the compensation for the effectiveness level or the board-approved increase (a flat amount of up to $2,000 for assistant principals and up to $2,500 for principals). 

Campus-based staff
Returning eligible campus staff are also eligible for the $2,500 retention incentive next school year in addition to the pay level increase. The minimum pay will be:

  • $25,000 for teacher assistants
  • $45,800 for community liaisons
  • $58,000 for nurses

Other central staff
Other central staff eligible employees who are not under an excellence initiative will receive a 3% increase based on the midpoint and up to the maximum of their respective salary range.  Assistant superintendents and above will receive 2% of the salary range midpoint.

Teachers and campus leaders should expect to see the salary change in their October paychecks. Other employees will see the increase in their September paychecks.

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