BRYAN, Tex. (KBTX) - On Monday night, the Bryan ISD School Board approved salary increases totaling $6.9 million.
"I didn't expect it to start so quickly, but it's here and I'm grateful for it," said EJ Boldan, a Behavior Specialist at SFA Middle School.
"Bryan ISD is a very generous district and they take care of their teachers and their staff and their employees, so I was very excited about the good news," said Maribeth Poole, a seventh grade English teacher at SFA Middle School.
The pay increases will go into effect this school year. Teachers, nurses, librarians, and counselors will receive a 4.7%-14% increase, auxiliary workers a 10% increase, and paraprofessionals a 6% increase. The employees with the lowest salaries received the biggest increases.
"We're very excited about this opportunity to take care of the people who work in Bryan ISD," said Superintendent Dr. Christie Whitbeck.
The raises are possible thanks to the legislature's school finance reform.
"It's been needed for a long time," said Whitbeck. "We've been waiting to see us move towards the state's payments and their share of payments to be more of what it used to be," Whitbeck added.
Dr. Whitbeck hopes news like this will keep and bring teachers to the Brazos Valley.
"One of the things that makes it challenging in this area is we're kind of this mid-market, so we compete with the Dallas, Austin, Houston, metropolitan areas. We're never going to be exactly as high as they are, but I do believe in Bryan ISD that we have closed the gap between what it was and what it is now," said Whitbeck.
The district is now in the planning stages of the final budget and will bring that to the board in August.