By Rebecca LaFlure
Killeen Daily Herald
More than 5,800 Killeen Independent School District employees received a pay raise Tuesday night.
The KISD board of trustees approved a 1.56 percent general pay increase for the 2009-10 school year.
All district employees will obtain, on average, an additional $750 annually. The salary boost will cost KISD slightly more than $3.8 million.
Though not much, any pay increase is significant in the midst of a struggling economy, board member Butch Menking said.
"In the economy that we find ourselves in, and working in the private sector, 1.56 is a very generous increase for this day and age," Menking said. "I think that the 1.56 percent is well deserved, and I'm glad we're in the position to give it."
However, the pay-for-performance program, a financial bonus system for KISD workers who meet district-set performance targets every year, will not be offered next school year. On average, KISD teachers receive about $150 to $200 annually from this program.
The starting teacher salary will remain at $40,000 plus a $1,615 signing bonus.
Also at the meeting, the board approved a reduction of 179.5 full-time district employees for the upcoming school year.
The board had already approved a cutback of 142 teaching positions in March due to a projected enrollment decline next year of about 1,250 students.
KISD will change its health care provider for district employees this fall. The board approved to switch from Scott & White and First Care to Blue Cross/Blue Shield.