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Victoria school board to offer higher pay increases to teachers

By Carolina Astrain
Aug. 15, 2012 at 3:15 a.m.


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What: VISD board meetingWhen: 6 p.m. ThursdayWhere: VISD administration building, 102 Profit Drive

Victoria school teachers and substitutes could get a higher pay raise than anticipated.

At its meeting Thursday, the school board is expected to approve salary schedule that will give teachers an increase ranging from $1,050 to $1,300 based upon their years of experience.

"It's $600 more than they thought they would be getting when they accepted the position," said Diane Boyett, school district communications director.

The proposed increase would put new teachers at a potential starting salary of $40,100.

"It would be the first time that our new teacher salaries, for inexperienced teachers, have been above $40,000 a year," said Diane Boyett, school district communications director.

Classified and para-professional employees are expected to receive a 47-cent-an-hour increase.

Boyett said once the salaries are set, they will be able to move toward approving the new school budget.

"Eighty percent of the budget is tied up in personnel expenses," Boyett said.

Under the proposed plan, substitute teacher wage would jump from $70 to $95 a day.

"We're trying to get more certified teachers to work as substitutes," Boyett said. "That's why the proposal includes a new category for substitute teacher pay rates. Pending board approval, certified teachers who substitute would be paid $95 per day."

The board will also take action on a new hazardous areas zoning plan for bus routes. If students live more than two miles away from their designated school, the school district is responsible for making the bus routes accessible for them.

"Those are new routes," Boyett said. "The ones that were previously designated will continue."

Many of the routes proposed to change are related to the re-zoning that was approved by the board in the spring.

Boyett said some of those areas already received transportation, now they're just going to a different school.

The six schools impacted by these changes are Chandler, Crain, DeLeon, Smith and Torres elementary schools and Patti Welder Magnet Middle School.

"Some of it is being related to the change in the school attendance zones," Boyett said. "The shaded areas between Red River and Airline were previously going to Cade, but this year they'll be going to Patti Welder."

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