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Forney ISD Approves 2019-2020 Raises for Staff; Tax Rate Projected to Lower by 7 Cents in 2020

Board of Trustees Forney ISD Approves 2019-2020 Raises for Staff; Tax Rate Projected to Lower by 7 Cents in 2020

On Monday, June 24, the Forney ISD school board approved a district-wide pay increase for all employees for the coming 2019-2020 school year.

“We understand the importance of investing in our staff.  By investing in them we are investing in our students and their futures,” said Forney ISD Superintendent Dr. Justin Terry. “Our board voted unanimously on the new compensation plan to show our appreciation in a way that matters to our employees and their families.”

The new salary schedule accomplishes this requirement by giving teachers with 4 or less years of experience an $1800 increase and teacher with 5-30 years of experience between $2,100 and $3,300. This aligns with the new legislative expectations of House Bill 3 to retain experienced staff.

“Taking care of our staff is a top priority for our board,” Forney ISD Board President Greg Pharris said. “We have an exceptional staff that work tirelessly for the students in our community, and are the heart of our Forney Family.”

Here’s how it will affect different employees: 

  • Teachers, Librarians and Nurses 5.1% average increase depending on
  • Teacher Aides 5.0% of Pay Grade Mid-Point
  • Custodians / Food Service Workers 9.1% of Pay Grade Mid-Point
  • Grounds Workers / Lead Custodians 5.5% of Pay Grade Mid-Point
  • All Other Employees 3.0% of Pay Grade Mid-Point

Starting teacher pay has increased almost $7,000 over the last 7 years, with 2019-2020 starting salary at $51,600.  Employee pay has previously increased 2.5-3% annually for the last few years.

In addition to the new compensation plan, the property tax rate for Forney ISD home owners is projected to lower by 7 cents next year due to new state legislation recently passed (House Bill 3).