By Mary Alys Cherry
Clear Creek ISD teachers and staff who had to go without a raise for two years when the Texas Legislature cut local funding by some $23 million are getting a three percent raise next year.
CCISD trustees approved the increase at their March meeting, along with an increase in the district’s contribution to its health care plan.
“We asked our employees to do more with less and forego a well deserved salary increase for two years while they worked tirelessly to ensure our children are prepared for their future,” said Dr. Greg Smith, superintendent of schools.
“While they selflessly rose to the challenge and helped us weather the financial storm surrounding public education, we also recognize that we must improve our salary structure if our community wants to retain the very best in education.
“Teachers and staff did receive a one-time, three percent payment this year. This move by the school board will sustain the raise for next year.”
CCISD’s health care contribution was raised from $225 per month to $265 per month, Communications Director Elaina Polsen said. “TRS-Active Care, the health insurance used by 90 percent of Texas school districts, has raised its premiums rates for the second year in a row. This increase in employer contribution will help offset the impact on CCISD teachers, staff and their families.”
In October 2012, trustees set out a specific goal for the superintendent to develop and implement a long-range compensation plan. The superintendent outlined the plan on March 5.
In total, Clear Creek ISD has reduced $12.8 million in expenditures over two years and it has been successful in rolling forward general funds not used in the prior year, Polsen said. The three percent raise will cost $6 million.