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School Board Approves Pay Increase for All Staff

School Board Approves 2024-25 Compensation PlanThe Sherman ISD Board of Trustees continues to prioritize competitive compensation to recruit and retain high-quality staff. 

The approved 2024-25 budget and compensation plan reflects the Board’s commitment to students and employees. It includes pay increases, new positions in the areas of greatest need and identified savings opportunities amid stagnant state funding and increasing expenses.  

Pay Increases

  • 3% of the midpoint raise for all positions, which equates to an average raise of $1,750 for teachers

  • Increase in the starting teacher salary for new teachers to $56,900, the highest among school districts in Grayson County

  • Additional pay adjustments for specific positions based on an outside review of market conditions conducted by the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB)

  • Increase in the midpoint and maximum rates for most pay grades, improving market competitiveness for all roles

New Positions

  • 14 new positions addressing growing student needs in special education, dyslexia and other special populations 

  • 2 additional teaching positions at Sherman High School

  • 2 grant-funded curriculum coordinator positions to develop curriculum resources and staff professional development

  • 1 coordinator to oversee the implementation of the Teacher Incentive Allotment program, which is designed to reward, retain and recruit top teachers. This position will only be filled if the district’s TIA application is approved by the state later this summer.  

  • 1 additional grant-funded police officer position to support SISD elementary campuses 

The district also identified opportunities to reduce spending as part of the budgeting process. This includes allowing some vacant positions to remain unfilled and reducing anticipated expenditures for overtime, extra-duty pay and extracurricular-related travel.

This was a necessary step considering that, despite surplus state revenues and record inflation, the Texas Legislature has not increased the basic allotment for public schools since 2019. At the same time, federal COVID-19 relief dollars, which have supported local district budgets and funded staff bonuses – including those in Sherman ISD – will not be available after August 31 of this year. That means that SISD will not be able to provide staff bonuses in the 2024-25 school year as it has for the last few years. 

The situation has led to cutbacks and multi-million dollar budget deficits for school districts across the state. Sherman ISD’s approved operating budget for 2024-25 has a projected deficit of $1.945 million, the third straight year SISD has adopted a deficit budget. This will be the first year, however, that SISD has not had the federal funds, known as ESSER, to help make up the difference. 

To address the budget gap, the School Board encouraged the district leadership team to continue to look for budget savings and closely monitor spending throughout the year, while also renewing their commitment to the most urgent needs of students and staff. 

“We are grateful to have a School Board that understands the importance of maintaining competitive salaries for all district employees,” said Interim Superintendent Dr. Thomas O’Neal. “Our teachers and staff are our greatest assets and investing in them is essential to the success of our students, district and community.”

Sherman ISD remains hopeful that the Texas Legislature will allocate additional funding to public education when they reconvene in Austin next year. 

In the meantime, the district is pursuing the Teacher Incentive Allotment, which provides extra funding to Texas districts that create local teacher designation systems. Under TIA, teachers identified as recognized, exemplary or master teachers can earn thousands of additional dollars per year as part of their salary. This does not replace, but would be in addition to, any annual salary increases approved by the School Board. If the district’s application is approved in August, SISD could begin paying out the first round of designations in June 2026.