It was a packed house at the monthly meeting of the Lumberton ISD meeting on Thursday, July 11.
Most of the assembled group came to hear word of the 2019-2020 proposed LISD Teacher Pay Scales discussion.
Board President James Kersh moved some items around to kickoff the consent agenda with discussion of teachers pay scales.
Texas House Bill #3 mandated that much of the legislature appropriations go to teachers’ salaries.
“Thirty percent of the money will go to teachers payroll and another 25 percent to supportive personnel,” he said.
Following the budget workshop, the board moved to adopt the teachers’ pay scale and work on support staff at another workshop.
“The minimum teacher pay scale is $41,000,” Superintendent Gerald Chandler said, “and then the maximum scale (will) increase as well.
A 30-year experienced teacher could make as much as $63,500 under the new scale. This compares to the $38,000 pay scale on the low end and $56,650 on the maximum for the 2018-2019 school year.
“The average teacher pay raise is $5,170,” Lori Mack, LISD Business Manager said.
Board members approved the 2019-2020 pay scales with a vote of 6 to zero.
The LISD Board also approved a TxDot resolution to oppose an elevated median which would eliminate the left and right turn lanes on Main Street.
Lumberton City already signed a similar resolution and it is anticipated that the county and that EMT & Fire plans to do so soon.
Kersh said the proposed plan to restrict travel on Hwy 96/Main Street would “affect school buses moving between the campuses.”
“We’re all on the same page,” he said, speaking of the different entities opposed to the plan.
School district concerns involve the ease of transportation, increased costs per mile, and safety of passengers.
The resolution passed without opposition.
A single action item about the LISD FM421 school property was skipped for possible discussion until the executive session.
No action was ultimately undertaken by the board on Thursday regarding the property during or after the closed session, according to Chandler.