Allen ISD admin

The Allen ISD Administration Building and a number of aging schools would receive renovations if the bond is approved by voters.

The Allen ISD Board of Trustees voted to approve the district’s compensation plan for the 2020-21 school year at its May meeting, including a teacher pay increase.

The approval also includes a 1.5% increase to the midpoint for all eligible

district employees. Salary for starting teachers without experience is now $55,250.

For the past few years, the district has given 3% midpoint raises, but thanks to constraints like HB 3 and leveling enrollment numbers, the board was able to approve the 1.5% increase.

During the May 11 workshop meeting, Board President Amy Gnadt said regardless of where the money goes in other areas like improvements, the people need to come first.

“We need to put them first and not last. It doesn’t need to be ‘I want to get all this stuff done and then we’ll take care of the people after we do the work.’ We should put the people who do the work first,” Gnadt said. “We need to get doggone creative with all of this other stuff we have on here.”

District CEO Greg Cartwright presented another update to trustees about the coming year’s budget, which will be approved in June after further discussion.

During the May 11 workshop meeting, officials discussed the possibility of adding teachers and support staff, including special education and dyslexia support. 

Other considerations have been made in the proposed budget for additional cleaning provisions and sanitization due to COVID-19, but Cartwright said officials are confident the district will see some reimbursement dollars from the CARES Act.

The budget will be finalized and approved in June.

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