SAN ANTONIO (KTSA News) — The Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City ISD said while it is giving teachers a pay raise — courtesy of more state funding intended for teachers — it may be a disappointment for teachers in the district.
SCUCISD superintendent Dr. Greg Gibson said Thursday the district will only be able to give teachers with less than six years of experience a 2.5 percent raise and those with six or more years a 3 percent raise.
That compares with 3 percent raises for less experienced teachers and 3.5 percent raises for more senior educators at San Antonio and North East ISDs.
New teachers at SCUCISD will get a starting salary of $51,250 after the raises, below the $53,000 rate now being offered by North East ISD.
Dr. Gibson put the blame on the very law that made the increases possible.
“Simply put, HB3 favors school districts with a greater percentage of low socio-economic students, and wealthy districts, known as Chapter 41 schools, who had been returning money to the state under the previous plan known as ‘Robin Hood,'” he explained. “SCUC did not fall under either category. That means smaller percentage increases than other school districts. Higher percentage raises may put the district at the increased risk of having to make difficult decisions in the future if the state and local economy takes a downturn.”
In addition to the raises given to salaried teachers, bus drivers are also getting a boost in starting pay to $14.50 per hour. The substitute teacher pay scale is also increasing by $5 per day with an additional $5 for Mondays and Fridays.