MISSION, Texas — It’s been a conversation for months. Now Mission CISD school leaders are moving forward with a raise that benefits both educators and others in the district.
One year ago, Dr. Carol Perez took over as superintendent for Mission CISD. leadership at the district. The district was facing a 12 percent turnover rate of staff. Dr. Perez said that had to stop.
Making a commitment to the Board of Trustees and staff, Dr. Perez promised to improve salaries for all the district’s full-time employees. “We walk by faith not by sight and sometimes it’s difficult. You know change brings a little bit of stress.”
That change came after recommendations by the Texas Association of School Boards which conducted a study last fall into the district’s salaries and staffing.
Using those recommendations, Dr. Perez developed a plan to save the district $4 million and eliminate a $1.7 million shortfall in health insurance funding.
She also planned to increase teacher salaries by 2 percent. Then House Bill 3 was passed by the Texas Legislature. “With that we were able to come up with a robust salary increase. Something we had not seen in many, many years.”
Starting annual salaries for new incoming teachers will now top $51,000. Teachers already with the district will also see an increase based on their experience. All other full-time employees will see a 3 percent increase.
Dr. Perez adds, “You know our staff that are on the front lines, our teachers, our nurses, our librarians, it’s been a long time. We needed to make sure that they are properly compensated.”
In addition to those salary increases Dr. Perez was able to present the board with a balanced budget; something that hasn’t happened in 5 years.