Killeen: KISD offers raises, new insurance plans for teachers

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KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) The Killeen ISD school board will consider a $391 million budget for the new school year.

This upcoming general fund budget shows an increase of $8 million more than last year, and teacher raises are included.

Board members have also taken steps to make sure that money stretches even further for KISD teachers.

Killeen ISD was able to negotiate updated health insurance plans with Baylor Scott & White that are 9 percent less than last year's and include a one month waiver of insurance premiums.

The two percent pay raise rate is the same as last year, which is around $1,000 per employee.

Teachers will also get a hundred dollars added to their paychecks for classroom supplies, and new teachers will get a $50 warehouse certificate.

The district has considered other incentives like daycare for employees to retain staff past the three-year mark, when many Texas teachers tend to relocate.

"We'll continue to look as years go by for other options for employees- ways to keep them in the fold," says Chief Communications Officer Terry Abbott.

"We already pay our employees among the best in this region, and with this new budget, our first-year teachers will make the highest of any in this region."

The board will vote on the insurance plan at Tuesday's meeting which starts at 6 p.m.

Also, academic accountability ratings should be released during the week.

The district is expecting a "C" letter grade.

Ways to improve that rating may also be up for discussion during the meeting.

There are still fifty open teacher positions in the district.

A public hearing and final vote will be held on the new budget on August 28th.