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No pay increase likely for VISD teachers

By KBell
June 14, 2011 at 1:14 a.m.


IF YOU GO

WHAT: Victoria school board meeting

WHEN: 6 p.m. Thursday

WHERE: 102 Profit Drive

Teachers in the Victoria school district next year will see the same numbers on their paychecks.

The school board is expected to vote at its regular meeting Thursday on a salary schedule that reflects no pay increases because of the still-uncertain budget cuts from the state.

In the past, teachers moved up on a pay scale based on their years of experience, said Diane Boyett, district communications director. This year, they'll receive the same pay as last year.

"We've been concentrating a lot on getting our starting salaries up to recruit new teachers into the district," she said.

Last year's starting salary for teachers was $40,000. Second-year teachers will still be making $40,000 in the 2011-12 school year, but new teachers will make $39,500, Boyett said.

"Basically, it is just taking this current year's salary schedule and moving it down one," Boyett said.

Boyett said she doesn't anticipate the district having problems recruiting teachers at that pay level because so many quality teachers have been laid off in Texas.

Some positions may be eliminated through attrition, which will make a yet-to-be-seen impact on student- teacher ratio.

"There will be some impact in some areas, but what those areas are, we do not know at this time because we don't even have all the resignations in yet," Boyett said.

Teachers have until 45 days before the start of school to announce they are leaving the district.

The number of district employees is just one of the variables the board will consider in its budget planning.

A budget workshop is on the agenda for Thursday's meeting, but Boyett said no decisions can be made without a final funding number from the state.

In the meantime, the district will be considering scenarios that will minimize the impact of the budget cuts on students and staff.

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