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Longview ISD board hears proposal on staff pay raises

Longview ISD board hears proposal on staff pay raises
Tuesday, April 9, 2013 - 3:30pm

Employees of Longview Independent School District may catch up on salary increases they missed during the past two years if the Board of Trustees acts on a recommendation made at Monday night’s meeting by Lynn Marshall, assistant superintendent for business and finance.

Marshall recommended pay raises for all employees. District employees have not had a raise since the summer of 2010.

Marshall said that in order to place teachers, counselors, librarians and nurses at the appropriate salary for the 2013-14 school year, the district will need to restore the two steps missed and move to a third step for the upcoming school year. He also recommended that all employees who hold master’s degrees receive an extra $1,000 stipend.

The item was presented as part of the superintendent’s report. It was not an action item and the board could not vote on it at Monday’s meeting. Board president Ted Beard said it will be put on a future agenda for the board to discuss and possibly approve.

In addition to those suggestions, Marshall also recommended a 4 percent raise for all other district employees.

The total estimated cost to the district for the salary increases would be $1.7 million. The district has about 550 teachers and about 1,250 total employees.

“We can absorb this cost with our current budget projections,” Marshall said. “We wouldn’t need to use our fund balance.”

If approved, the salary for a first year teacher in the district with a bachelor’s degree would be $40,280 and for a first year teacher with a master’s degree, $41,280.

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