Melissa ISD released its updated salary scale Tuesday morning, reflective of the 2019-2020 fiscal year and in response to new state legislation, as part of the district’s board-approved budget.
Lance Rainey, Chief Financial Officer, presented the district’s proposed budget for the 2019-2020 fiscal year to the Melissa Schools Board of Trustees at the regularly scheduled board meeting on Monday, Aug. 19. The Board of Trustees unanimously approved the new budget, to go into effect on Sept. 1.
The new state legislation, House Bill 3, is widely considered the largest overhaul of public school finance in the last 30 years by the Texas State Senate and the Texas House of Representatives. HB3 was signed into legislation by Governor Greg Abbott on June 11 and it will go into effect on Sept. 1.
Overall, Melissa ISD benefited from HB3; however, not to the same degree as other public school districts across the state.
While there were many different components to the HB3 school funding formula, the most significant for Melissa Schools was the increase in basic allotment, which is how much funding the state provides the district based on each average student’s daily attendance.
Outside of the basic allotment increase, HB3 mandated that a number of program allotments increase, while others were repealed.
Due to the overall redistribution of funds in accordance with HB3, Melissa ISD was unable to take full advantage of the financial reform. Even still, the district managed to include pay increases in its updated salary scale, due to the Board of Trustees’ commitment to providing competitive employee compensation.
Mr. Rainey shared, “I believe overall the state did a good job of infusing money into the public education system as a whole. However, Melissa ISD did not benefit from the redistribution of wealth as much as the majority of other districts across the state, including neighboring schools. That being said, I would like to recognize that our Board of Trustees did a tremendous job in making it a priority to give teachers a significant raise, as well as adopt a healthy budget to support other areas of need across the district.”
Employee pay raises mandated by HB3 are determined by the 30 percent gain in basic student allotment in a district’s overall funding – this applies to teachers, librarians, nurses, and counselors. Ultimately, Melissa ISD’s overall funding increase was offset by tremendous student population growth. Therefore, HB3 did not require Melissa ISD to provide an increase in employee compensation.
However, by unanimously approving the district’s proposed budget for the 2019-2020 fiscal year, the Melissa Schools Board of Trustees went above and beyond the minimum state requirements in order to compensate district employees and provide competitive teaching salaries.
The Melissa ISD salary scale for the 2019-2020 fiscal year is available on the Human Resources and Employment department page and is linked below. The salary scale applies to all full-time teachers, librarians, nurses, and counselors employed by Melissa Schools.
For all district employees, Melissa ISD contributes $529 per month toward each employee’s medical insurance costs; well above the $225 state minimum monthly contribution, and in addition to the employee’s base pay.
Maddie Coe, Director of Communications