LISD Holds Reins on Taxes; Plans Raises for Teachers
On August 27th, Lexington ISD doors will be opened to about 930 students with 28 less staff members than were there in the 2009-2010 school year. The Texas Legislature’s decision to cut public education funding by $5.4 billion statewide cost Lexington schools about 1.2 million dollars over the last three-year period, and twenty eight positions. About $1,121,168.00 of the shortfall caused by the cut in state funding has been covered by unprecedented reductions in spending in Lexington Schools.
Lexington ISD’s proposed budget shows a reduction of $337,347 in expenditures and is based on remaining at the current maintenance and operations or general fund tax rate of $1.04. Trustees previously decided to apply $83,575 of the district savings account to assist in meeting the state budget shortfall for the 2012-2013 school year.
Lexington ISD’s non-teaching staff, except for hourly employees, last received a pay raise in 2009- 2010. While teachers and paraprofessional employees did receive step raises during the 2010-2011 school year, no employees received raises during the 2011-2012 school year, despite the fact that staff insurance has increased significantly.
Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Frances McArthur said, “Pay increases are necessary to remain competitive with surrounding districts. Although we cannot afford to pay what most surrounding districts pay, we cannot continue to fall behind in salaries. With that in mind, the 2012-2013 proposed budget reflects a two percent salary increase for district employees.”
She continued, “Lexington ISD staff is working hard to welcome our estimated 930 fresh young faces a little more than a week from now, with our focus remaining on their learning. In Lexington ISD we pride ourselves on our culture, and we will remain the district of choice.”