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House Bill 3 and Teacher Compensation
07/10/2019

Investing in our teachers

After years of cuts and doing more with less, Pampa ISD is poised to honor their loyal teachers and staff with an historic 4.5%-6% raise in compensation for the 2019-2020 school year!

 

This is the 4th in a series of articles discussing the public education bills passed from the 86th Legislative Session.  Earlier articles discussed school safety and security and the focus on Pre-K and early literacy.  This week’s article will focus on teacher compensation and the “must do’s” and “may do’s” from HB3 with regard to pay raises and overall increasing compensation for public school staff.

 

You may recall on the first day of the legislative session, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick made a bold statement and said he was going to get the teachers a $5000 raise.  This announcement excited teachers—rightfully so.  The legislators were able to put $2billion into teacher compensation, but were unfortunately unable to reach the highly anticipated $5000 raise for every teacher in Texas.  Lawmakers earmarked the $2billion statewide for what they called “Dynamic Teacher Compensation”.  The goal of the legislation was to invest in programs that promote teacher quality and to energize teacher pay.  So, what did the teachers end up with from HB3?

 

First, the compensation stipulations are contingent on the amount of “increased funding” a district receives as a result in the basic allotment.  For Pampa ISD, we have run the numbers and have an estimate of around $2.4million that we are supposed to receive in additional funding from the state.  Another factor that impacts the “increased funding” amount is tax compression.  I will talk about tax compression in another article, but for the purposes of this discussion, we will receive about $1million LESS in local tax payer money than in previous years because the new tax rate will likely be around .99 or 1.00 cents instead of $1.06.  This is great news for Pampa property tax payers.  So, as we plan, we must remember that $1million of the estimated $2.4million will just be to make up for what we will not receive from local tax payers.  It won’t actually be an “increase” in funding.  It is simply switching the source of the funding.  Having said that, there is still a very large disclaimer written in all-caps and in red font across the top of the funding template warning school officials that it is not a final template and to use it with caution and ONLY for planning purposes.  I have to confess, this is not comforting as we move forward building the budget for the 2019-20 school year.  However, our conservative approach over the last three years has us poised to work under a balanced budget regardless of the impact of HB3 for the 2019-2020 school year.  For that, I am comforted.

 

Second, HB3 requires that every school district use 30% of the “increased funding” amount on compensation for staff.  For Pampa ISD, this is roughly around $900,000 that will be used to increase the compensation of certain staff members.  That is awesome and we are so excited to get to do this for our staff!!  But, this entire process is not that simple.  75% of the 30% MUST be spent on certain staff members and ONLY on these certain staff members.  These groups include full time classroom teachers, nurses, librarians, and counselors. 

 

The increased compensation includes a change in the state’s minimum salary scale.  Pampa ISD already pays well above the state-minimum for 0-9 years of experience.  We did not however pay over the NEW minimal scale for teachers in the 10-20 years of experience range.  Our Board approved a local salary scale at the last Board meeting (June 25) to approve this NEW scale.  Additionally, our Board approved a slight step raise for our teachers in the 21-40 years of experience range.  This is something they did not have to do, but the administration recommended this and the board approved unanimously.  Staff in this group could see a range of 4.5% to 6% increase in compensation.  However, AFTER the June 25th Board meeting, the Commissioner of Education, Mike Morath, released much awaited guidance on the implementation of the 30% rule.  His guidance changed our plans significantly and sent us back to the drawing board.  So, our Board will revisit the salary scale and compensation plan in July and align it with the new guidance from TEA.  Regardless, I still feel confident that our staff will see on average a 4.5% increase in compensation when all is said and done.

 

This all sounds wonderful, but what about all of the other staff who work hard every day to serve our students and families?  That is a great question!  This is the “may do” part of the bill.  25% of the 30% “may be” used to increase compensation to the same group OR the district could use that money to provide other staff members an increase in pay.  That is exactly what Pampa ISD Administration proposed and the Board approved.  Bus drivers, custodians, food service staff, clerks, secretaries, para-professionals, etc. will also see an increase in compensation for the 2019-2020 school year.  It is important to note that NONE of the HB3 additional funding can be spent on increasing administrator compensation.  That is ok.  However, Pampa ISD values ALL of its staff, and we anticipated the need to provide some local budget for this purpose.  So, although the increase in compensation will not be as large of a percentage as other groups, administration will likely see an increase in compensation.    The School Board reviewed a draft proposal for the HB3 compensation implications and will review in more detail at the July 29th meeting before taking action for a full approval.  Now that we have received more guidance, we should walk away from the meeting with a more solid plan.

 

The final take-a-way from this is that our staff will receive more compensation in the 2019-2020 school year.  An important factor to remember; however, is that these amounts will change every year because they are based on the basic allotment and the district’s average daily attendance.  The funding amount that we base the 30% on next year could be even more----but it could be less.  This is an important fact that we as a district and staff must not forget.  The compensation plans for the 2020-2021 school year will likely be different than they are for this upcoming year.  And, if things go as the law makers predict, we could be changing this minimum salary scale every year based on the basic allotments provided to public schools from the state. 

 

Another take-a-way is that although Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick was unable to deliver the $5000 raise he talked about early in the session, the lawmakers did deliver on their promise to change how we fund schools and to provide more money for teachers and staff.  This bill is not perfect, but it does go a long way in transforming how we think about funding our public schools and how we treat the staff who serve in them every day.  For this I am thankful and hopeful that the trend will continue. 

 

So, until we have more definitive numbers and as we continue to receive guidance from the Texas Education Agency on all of this, we must continue to forge ahead—planning, preparing, and yes---praying for good things to prevail.  I am excited about the new school year and believe that Pampa ISD and our staff will continue to be blessed as we have in the past with a supportive community.  Thank you Pampa!

 

If you have questions or just want to know more, you can go to https://tea.texas.gov/HB3/   The next article will be on tax compression!  This is wonderful news for those in our community who pay property taxes!

 

 

Tanya Larkin, Superintendent


Meet Our New 2019-2020 Staff
07/08/2019

 

Meet Jasmine Cordova Wilson 2nd grade teacher

Meet Ms. Jasmine Cordova. Ms. Cordova will be teaching Second Grade at Wilson Elementary this year. She is a graduate of West Texas A&M University. She enjoys music, food, writing, naps, and spending time with friends! When asked about why she chose teaching as a career she said, "I chose teaching because I love kids and I am passionate about education. Teaching has been a calling on my life since I was about ten, and I am excited to put that calling in to action." Please help us welcome Ms. Cordova to Pampa ISD and Wilson Elementary! #pampaproud

 

Olivia Gutierrez Health Sciences Teacher

Meet Ms. Olivia Gutierrez. Ms. Gutierrez will be teaching Health Science at Pampa High School this year. She is a 2009 graduate of Pampa High School and is a Registered Nurse. She enjoys being a mom, cooking out with her family and friends, and Dallas Cowboy football! When asked about why she chose teaching as a career she said, "I chose teaching because I love to help the younger generation be prepared for their future and to help them feel confident in that future." Please help us welcome Ms. Gutierrez to Pampa ISD and Pampa High School! #pampaproud

 

 

Brittany Burkhammer

Meet Ms. Brittany Burkhammer! Ms. Burkhammer will be teaching First Grade at Austin Elementary this year. She is a graduate of West Texas A&M University with a degree in Elementary Education. She enjoys being outside, traveling, reading, spending time with family(especially her adorable daughter)! When asked about why she chose teaching as a career she said, "I chose teaching because I have always had a love for learning myself. I want to make an impact on my students' lives, and help them to believe in themselves as much as I believe in them." Please help us welcome Ms. Burkhammer to Pampa ISD and Austin Elementary! #pampaproud

 

 

Meet Mrs. Ansley Adkins

Meet Mrs. Ansley Adkins! Mrs. Adkins will be teaching Kindergarten at Lamar Elementary this year. She is a graduate of West Texas A&M University with a degree in Elementary Education. She loves baking,  spending time with her family, spending time outdoors, and her dog! When asked about why she chose teaching as a career she said, "I chose teaching as a career because my mother is a teacher and I helped her in her classroom everyday. I always knew that is what I wanted to do. I love teaching because it allows me to change the lives of students and make an impact in the community. " Please help us welcome Mrs. Adkins to Pampa ISD and Lamar Elementary! #pampaproud

 

Meet Mrs. Autumn Hunt

Meet Mrs. Autumn Hunt! Mrs. Hunt will be teaching 4th grade Science and Social Studies at Travis Elementary this year. She is a graduate of West Texas A&M University with a degree in Elementary Education. She loves watching Netflix, reading and spending time with her family and friends. When asked about why she chose teaching as a career she said, "I want to make a difference in children's lives and educate the generations to come." Please help us welcome Mrs. Hunt to Pampa ISD and Travis Elementary! #pampaproud

 

Tiffany Carr PJHS Math Teacher

Meet Mrs. Tiffany Carr! Mrs. Carr will be teaching 7th grade math at Pampa Junior High this year. She is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma and has a Master's degree in Social Work. She loves to travel and spend time with her family and friends, especially at the lake. When asked why she chose teaching she said, "I enjoy working with children and helping them succeed. I truly enjoy math and enjoy teaching it to others." Please help us welcome Mrs. Carr to Pampa ISD and Pampa Junior High! #pampaproud


 


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