By Rita Cook / The Ellis County Press
PALMER – In a follow-up to the Palmer ISD story several weeks ago, Palmer ISD Superintendent Kevin Noack responded to several resident’s concerns regarding ISD salaries, unwarranted rumors, the current Head Start Program and the athletic department budget.
It was reported for the 2015-16 school year the Palmer ISD teachers’ salaries were averaging $8,998 less than the state average.
Specifically, elementary teachers were making $10,671 less, middle school teachers were making $11,263 less and high school teachers were making $5,174 less than the state average.
Noack said, “Our salary schedule is comparable with school districts our size on the front end of the salary schedule.”
He did indicate that the district does need to improve the middle part of the salary schedule.
Noack also pointed out a variety of perks that Palmer ISD teachers receive that are not customary in many other districts.
For example he said the district pays a $1,000 Christmas/retention bonus to all staff members each year, a portion of their dental insurance and, while the state requires school districts pay $175 per month towards an employee’s health insurance, Palmer ISD pays $350 per month.
“Our teachers also only work 182 days as compared to the vast majority of other districts whose staff works 187 days,” Noack added.
The question of Noack’s salary had also been brought up. The concerned resident, using the Texas Education Agency average, said he believed Noack’s salary at $163,681 was high based on that agency’s numbers.
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