VISD employees could receive pay raises for next school year

Carolina Astrain By Carolina Astrain

June 19, 2013 at 1:19 a.m.
Updated June 20, 2013 at 1:20 a.m.

Victoria school district employees could see an increase in their paychecks next year.

Raises for teachers, principals and secretaries will be discussed at the monthly school board meeting Thursday.

Under the proposal, teachers, librarians, registered nurses and administrative staff would receive a general increase of $1,500. For part-time administrative staff, this increase would be prorated.

"We want to increase the starting salary to attract the best teachers that are out there," said communications director Diane Boyett, which means that VISD's salaries has to be competitive with other school districts.

The proposed increase marks a 4.42 percent increase in budgeted salaries over last year's $80,955,753 salary budget.

The district is proposing a salary budget of $81,927,354 for the 2013-14 school year.

Also under the plan, classified and paraprofessionals would receive a 53-cent increase per hour.

Pay for substitute teachers would remain the same at $95 per day for those with a valid teacher certificate and $75 for those with a bachelor's or master's degree.

The starting salary for a first-year teacher with a bachelor's degree at Victoria school district would be $41,600, and $43,150 would be for a teacher coming in with five years of experience.

"They're competitive for this area, but I would say certainly you could find other districts across the state that are going to have much better salaries," said Dwight Harris, the American Federation of Teachers Victoria chapter president. "But the raises are certainly going to be appreciated by the teachers."

The school board is expected to adopt the new salary schedules earlier than usual in an effort to fill the 92 open teaching positions posted on the district's website, Boyett said.

In order to be released from their district's contract, a teacher must submit his or her resignation 45 days before the first day of instruction - or July 12 for Victoria school district employees.

In other business, the board is expected to discuss in closed session the hiring of seven principals.

Forty people applied for the principal positions with some applying for more than one, Boyett said.



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