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Longview ISD considers raising pay for teachers, other employees

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LONGVIEW/GREGG COUNTY (KYTX) - A Longview Independent School District administrator proposed raises Monday for district personnel, including teachers who haven't seen a pay raise in nearly three years.

At Monday's regular board meeting, Assistant Superintendent Lynn Marshall suggested to LISD trustees that the district increase pay for teachers by three steps in one year, and a more than $1,000 stipend for any employee who holds a master's degree.

District spokesman Adam Holland said this morning that the proposed increase would mean first-year teachers in Longview ISD with a bachelor's degree would earn $40,280 annually, and first-year teachers with a master's degree would earn $41,280 annually.

The pay raises would have to be approved by trustees as part of the 2013-2014 budget, which must be approved this summer. If approved, the raises would add about $1.72 million to the LISD payroll, Marshall said.

Marshall also proposed 4 percent raises for non-professional and auxiliary employees, Holland said. Marshall believes the district will receive about $200,000 in additional state revenue based on pending bills in the Texas Legislature.

"'We can do this, if and when the time comes you opt to do this,'" Marshall told trustees, according to Holland.

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