Mansfield ISD budget includes 2 percent raises for employees

June 24, 2021
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Alma Martinez Intermediate School will open this fall in Mansfield.

The Mansfield ISD School Board approved the budget for the 2021-22 school year at Tuesday's meeting.

The budget includes a 2 percent raise for all employees at the midpoint of the applicable pay grade and pay adjustments for custodians and bus monitors. New starting teacher pay will be $58,300.

In addition, MISD is opening three new schools next school year - Brenda Norwood Elementary School, Alma Martinez Intermediate School and Charlene McKinzey Middle School — and expanding the district’s full-day prekindergarten locations. The budget also accounted for the funding of new schools of choice.

MISD’s budget kept the district’s instructional priorities in focus: the Vision 2030 strategic plan, instruction, safety, equity and social-emotional learning.

Michele Trongaard, associate superintendent of business and finance, said planning and preparation for the budget started in December and took a team effort to finalize.

“It was certainly a collaborative effort from all MISD departments. Under the direction of Superintendent  Dr. Kimberley Cantu and the devoted members of our school board, we were able to make this a successful and meaningful budget that supports Vision 2030,” she said. “We had to take into consideration and make projections for a lot of moving targets, but I’m proud of the work that was done to make it all possible.”

MISD’s 2021-22 general operating budget totals $342.2 million. Debt service is $63.6 million. The budget for student nutrition, which is not funded through local tax dollars, was approved for $17.2 million with free meals being offered to all MISD students for the next school year.

The tax rate is scheduled to go for approval in August.

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