Fort Bend

Fort Bend voters approve teacher raises, reject stadium repair funds

Voters in the southwest suburban school districts largely supported tax rate increases to raise teacher pay, but rejected bonds that would go toward stadiums and athletic facilities.

Michelle Menon teaches special education to pre-kindergarteners at Townewest Elementary School in Fort Bend ISD.
Sara Willa Ernst / Houston Public Media
Michelle Menon teaches special education to pre-kindergarteners at Townewest Elementary School in Fort Bend ISD. Voters approved a tax rate that would increase teacher pay in Fort Bend ISD.

Several suburban school districts in the Fort Bend County region asked voters to approve tax rate increases or bonds. Voters in Fort Bend ISD and Stafford approved tax rate increases, while Lamar CISD voters rejected a bond for stadium repairs. Katy ISD voters approved two bond propositions and rejected two others.

Here's a round-up of election results:

Fort Bend ISD

The school district asked voters to approve an increase in the tax rate of 4 cents per every $100 of property valuation. Voters overwhelmingly approved the tax rate increase, polling roughly 57% approval with most precincts reporting.

The school district says the measure will result in $35 million more in new revenue.

The district will use the funds to increase starting teacher pay from $59,500 to $62,000. Teachers will also receive pay increases on a scale that ranges from $2,500 for a brand-new teacher to $7,000 for a teacher with 25 years of experience or more.

Other staff members will receive raises as well. Police will get a 9.6% raise on average; classroom aides will receive an average raise of 8.8%; bus drivers will see a 7.6% raise, auxiliary staff will get a 5.9% raise; non-classroom paraprofessionals will get a 4.5% raise on average and other benefits-eligible staff will get a 3% raise that is "based on the midpoint of their salary range," a school district news release said.

The funding will also go toward state-mandated armed security on campuses.

Stafford MSD

Voters in the Stafford school district approved a 12-cent tax rate increase for staff pay raises. About 56% of voters approved the measure.

The funding will also be used to help already existing initiatives, such as an associate's degree program for high school students and technology programs.

Lamar CISD

About 55% of Lamar CISD voters rejected a $15 million bond for repairs to the Guy K. Traylor Stadium, which opened in 1960.

Last year, voters rejected a $5 million bond proposition for turf and lighting replacements at the stadium, according to the Fort Bend Herald.

Katy ISD

The school district proposed the largest bond package in its history this year, asking voters for a total of $840.6 million.

Proposition A, which includes $723 million for four new schools, land purchases and renovations, passed with nearly 60% of the vote.

Proposition B, which included $83 million in funding for technology upgrades, passed with about 59% of the vote.

However, 51% of voters rejected roughly $4.2 million in funding for upgrades to the school district's competition swimming pools. About 53% of voters also rejected $30 million in funding for repairs to Rhodes Stadium and other campus athletics upgrades.