Amarillo, TX: More staff for SPED

June 19, 2017, Amarillo (TX) Globe-News: Amarillo ISD board approves $260M budget, adds positions The 2017-18 operating budget includes an $8.6 million increase in payroll, Buchenau said. About $4.4 million of that is for pay raises for teachers and other staff, and $1.6 million is for 36 new full-time-equivalent instructional staff in special education and pre-kindergarten classrooms, where the district reports seeing growth.