Special Provisions Equal to Salaries Paid by the Austin Independent School District (AISD)
Like all state agencies, the Texas School for the Deaf (TSD) and the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI) face numerous challenges in attracting and retaining a qualified workforce to meet the demand for its services.
The Legislature gave TSD and TSBVI the authority to pay certain employees salaries comparable to employees of the Austin Independent School District (AISD). Those who qualify for the competitive salary rate include:
- Contracted principals,
- Classroom teachers,
- Counselors, and
- Other full-time professional employees who are licensed or credentialed by an appropriate state agency.
The governing board of TSD or TSBVI may contract with any employee who provides or supervises any employee who administers:
- Direct and regular educational services to students, or
- Other professional educational services.
However, these contracts must be based on the comparable AISD salary rate.
These employees are eligible for sick leave accrual in the term of the employment contract and in any other month in which work is performed or paid leave taken.
They are not eligible for longevity pay and are not entitled to a paid day off from work on any national or state holiday.
The superintendents of TSBVI and TSD are authorized to determine emoluments for certain positions, provided the provision of such emoluments is necessary to effectively carry out the job responsibilities of the position.
- Full-time professional
- Includes the following:
- Occupational therapists
- Physical therapists
- School psychologists
- Associate school psychologists
- Social workers
- Speech language pathologists
- The returns from office or employment, usually in the form of compensation or perquisites.
Texas Education Code Annotated, Section 21.003(b); (Texas Education Code Annotated, Section 30.024(b)(1–2); Texas Education Code Annotated, Section 30.055(b)(1–2); General Appropriations Act (GAA), Article IX -3.11; GAA, Rider 3 in the appropriations for the School for the Deaf; GAA, Rider 4 in the appropriations for the School for the Blind and Visually Impaired.