Caldwell ISD receiving $1.2 million from state for teacher raises

CALDWELL, Tex. (KBTX)- Caldwell ISD is getting closer to breaking ground on some new additions to their schools.

Superintendent Andrew Peters says they’ve been working on plans for upgrades to the current facilities because some buildings are in not in good shape.

The improvements are coming courtesy of the nearly $40 million bond voters approved last November.

“When we’re able to get new buildings, they’ll be easier and cheaper to run,” said Peters.

Peters is hoping new state funding will help them keep great teachers in those buildings.

Caldwell ISD is receiving $1.2 million for teacher raises and to help boost starting salaries.

Peters says as one of the lower-paying districts in the area, it’s hard to compete to fill positions.

“This year, a lot of us made an effort to raise our salary base because we had to, but those [districts] who are higher than us, they did too,” said Peters.

The money from the state will help for now, but he’s concerned about where those funds will come from in the future.

“They gave us more money, lowered the tax rate, which makes everybody happy,” said Peters “The state has no way to make sure we’re going to be able to continue to get that $1.2 million year after years.”

Peters says Caldwell ISD keeps that in mind when spending funds.

“We’ve been very careful to keep our budget balanced. Overall, we don’t overhire and we don’t under hire,” said Peters.

The district plans to break ground in October for a new elementary school. Upgrades are expected to be completed by January 2021.