La Joya ISD has highest paid teachers in the Valley
According to the Texas Association of School Boards, the La Joya Independent School District has the highest paid teachers in the region after nearly two years of increasing teacher salary.
But for the district, investing in their teachers meant investing in the community.
"By affording that, we're producing better students that can leave La Joya ISD college and career ready, workforce ready," said Assistant Superintendent Anysia Treviño. "It means a lot, not only to the community, but to the future and ensuring that our communities continue to thrive."
Officials with La Joya ISD say they were able to give their teachers raises after reworking the budget and without increasing the tax rate.
"Property taxes have not increased. The commitment has been for directors and administrators to look at their budgets a little closer and ensure that we 'cut the fat' from all the extras and the perks that maybe we don't need and yet, not hurt instruction," Treviño said.
One La Joya ISD teacher says the money does more than benefit the staff — it gives their students more opportunities.
"Our district motto this year is ‘Our Students, Our schools and Our Community’ so we go back to being about our students," they said. "Our district is always at the forefront of professional development and it’s just a plus that we happen to be the highest paid districts in the Valley."
La Joya ISD officials hope to maintain that salary and recruit teachers who will contribute positively to the district.
"We're trying to stay on top of our professional development so we can continue to cultivate that culture of excellence in our students and our staff," said Treviño.
The starting salary for an entry level teacher within the district is about $49,000, not including the 2018-2019 raise.