With campuses set to open their doors to students in just over a week, the Killeen Independent School District is still looking for teachers to fill open spots.
An announcement on the district’s website states that KISD is looking for teachers for openings “at all levels” for the upcoming school year.
Steve Cook, the district’s chief personnel officer, said Killeen ISD is looking to fill about 30 teaching positions, including specialized areas, such as music.
“It’s not unusual for us to have positions open at this time before school starts,” he said.
Cook also said the district is looking for special education and English as a second language (ESL) teachers.
“We are always looking for qualified applicants,” Cook said.
So far, the district hired 415 teachers for the new school year, for a total of 2,791 employees.
To stay competitive with other local districts, Killeen’s board of trustees voted in June to raise the starting salary for new teachers to $43,000 annually, up from $41,000 last year. Officials hope the salary increase will attract and keep new teachers in Killeen ISD. The amount is less than the $49,139 weighted average teacher salary for the 2012-2013 school year, according to a salary survey by the Texas Association of School Boards.
That survey counted teachers at all experience levels, not just new teachers. The Killeen district’s salary for new teachers is above those of neighboring districts.
Copperas Cove starts new teachers at $42,500 annually, and Belton will pay $42,050 this year. All three districts voted to increase pay for current and new teachers for the upcoming year.
New teachers make up a sizable portion of the educators in Killeen schools. A study on compensation in the district conducted in June showed that teachers with between zero and three years of experience made up roughly 87 percent of Killeen ISD’s newly hired teachers for the 2012-2013 school year.