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The Victoria school board will hear preliminary salary recommendations during a meeting Thursday, according to district officials.

Superintendent Quintin Shepherd said salary recommendations will be an average increase of 6.2% for teachers and a recommended 5% average increases for staff, paraprofessionals and administration.

The salary increase recommendations would not include his, Shepherd said.

Last month, the board approved pay increases for district bus drivers.

The last time school district employees received pay raises was in the 2014-15 budget. Each year after that employees received stipends.

Gov. Greg Abbott signed an $11.6 billion school finance bill last month, and through House Bill 3, teachers are poised to have a pay raise but how much teachers will receive across the state will depend on how the new funding formula is calculated for each school district.

The school board is not expected to make any decisions on salary increases during the meeting, according to the agenda.

The board will also hear a recommendation from the district’s efficiency and resource management task force.

The group is expected to recommend the district conduct a demographic study to potentially rezone school attendance boundary lines every three years, school board president Tami Keeling said.

Boundaries of zones are established by the board and may be adjusted as deemed necessary, according to district policy.

Amber Aldaco reports on education for the Victoria Advocate. She may be reached at aaldaco@vicad.com or 361-580-6303.

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Amber Aldaco is the education reporter at the Victoria Advocate. She's covered various events in the Crossroads including a zoo rescue, a biker funeral and a state meeting with the governor. She enjoys singing with her significant other.

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