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Board Raises Minimum Hourly Rate to $15 - Effective Immediately

Board Raises Minimum Hourly Rate to $15 - Effective Immediately

On Monday, January 9, 2023, the Mesquite ISD Board of Trustees approved a pay increase for hourly personnel in the following pay grade categories: instructional support, administrative/technical support, auxiliary, information technology, medical clinic and food and child nutrition services. Last July, MISD increased the hourly wage for paraprofessional and auxiliary employees to a minimum of $13 per hour with prorated incremental increases for those already earning $13 per hour. As a result of voter approval of Proposition 1 in November, MISD is estimating additional state aid from local and state sources. As promised, the new minimum hourly rate is $15, effective immediately. 

“Our Board and Leadership Team were committed to making this happen with our community’s approval of the VATRE, and we are thrilled to be able to deliver on this promise to our staff,” said Dr. Ángel Rivera. “I especially want to thank CFO Gilbert Prado for his work to make this pay increase a reality even earlier than we hoped.” 

Hourly employees already earning at least $15 per hour will also receive pay increases as a result of tonight’s Board action. Employees already earning at least $15 per hour will receive a percentage raise to their current pay rate so that we maintain appropriate steps throughout all pay scales. While individual amounts will vary, all auxiliary and paraprofessional employees will receive a pay increase of at least 2 percent for the remainder of this school/fiscal year, with an additional raise expected to take effect July 1 as part of the new fiscal year’s budget, pending Board approval. 

In addition, the hourly pay increases are effective January 2023. The pay increase will be reflected on the employee’s first or second paycheck in February. 

Due to contract restrictions, MISD cannot increase pay for professional employees until the new fiscal year begins in July. However, a significant pay increase for teachers remains a priority for the upcoming budget planning process. Pending Board approval, MISD plans to provide a raise for all employees for the 2023-24 school year, but the percentage will likely vary across different job categories to adjust for market corrections. Before the end of the current school year, all employees will know what their compensation will be for next fiscal year.

The Board also approved an increase of $10 to the daily teacher substitute rate of pay and a $5 increase to the daily rate of pay for support substitutes.