Lubbock ISD Board of Trustees Approve 2014-2015 Fiscal Year Budget
EDITOR'S NOTE: 4:32p, June 19, 2014
Dr. Robertson asked for his raise to be lowered to 2%, rather than the 2.5% previously reported. KFYO News apologizes for the error.
By a 6-0 vote Thursday morning, the Lubbock ISD Board of Trustees approved the 2014-15 Fiscal Year budget.
The most contentions part of the budget was pay raises for employees and the salary schedule for teachers.
Lubbock ISD Superintendent Dr. Berhl Robertson was set to receive a 3% raise in the budget, and he asked for it to be reduced to 2%. The budget approved by the trustees would give district employees a pay increase averaging 2.5% across the board.
A number of representatives from the Texas State Teachers Association spoke during the public comments portion of the meeting. Their unified stance was that the 2.5% raise was not enough for the teachers and Lubbock ISD salaries need to be increased to match the pay rates of teachers in Amarillo and Midland ISD's.
Meanwhile, the representative from the Lubbock Classroom Teachers Association stated their membership was happy with, and appreciative, of the 2.5% raise in the 2014-15 FY budget.
Board member, James Arnold, proposed a one-time payout of $2,000 to all teachers in the district, if LISD would have enough surplus funds in their reserve to pay for it at the end of the 2014-15 Fiscal Year. Fellow members agreed with the proposal and it is something that will be discussed again at a later date.