Bryan ISD Teachers Pleased With Pay Raises

It's not Terri Barnett's classroom kids, but her own here at home in College Station.

"Well we have eight children. So we've adopted a few and so obviously, so our living arrangements are quite difficult on a teacher's salary. When they can help us with pay raises it's really nice," said Barnett.

She's a third grade teacher at Sul Ross Elementary in Bryan.

Tuesday night the BISD Board of Trustees approved an average teacher raise of 3.86 percent, while College Station 4 percent last month.

"Money of course is not the number one issue people get into education for, they get into it for children," said BISD Superintendent
Tommy Wallis, Ed.D.

Wallis says they received an additional $5 million after the legislative session and are giving the largest raise since 2009-2010.

"It's a very stressful job and so if you are gonna stay in the market and get the best quality teachers and best quality employees you want to make them feel compensated and feel valued," Wallis said.

Brand new teachers in Bryan will now make at least $41,000 while their counterparts in College Station will start at $40,000.

Looking around the Brazos Valley here's how other districts stack up when comes to paying out.

Conroe appears to have some of the best upfront pay with starting salaries of $47,300 for no experience and $54,713 if you have 20 years experience.

In contrast, Hearne ISD new teachers now start at $34,500 while a teacher with 20 years experience $48, 250.

"If you can't you can't meet a teachers basic needs, which is make us be able to pay our bills in order to teach, then we can't do our job. So BISD is making sure we can do our job," said Terri Barnett.

Doing a job as costs for raising a family and managing a home continue to go up.

State law requires teachers make a minimum of $27,320 a year.

Bryan ISD Counselors are also getting a raise that will mean they'll make about $3,500 more than teacher base pay.

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