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Update: Pay raises approved for Tyler ISD employees

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Update: All employees at Tyler ISD will get a pay raise for the 2013-2014 school year. Trustees unanimously approved the bump at a special noon meeting on Thursday.

It amounts to a 4 to 5 percent salary increase for every staff member at Tyler ISD.

Superintendent Gary Mooring says it will help attract and retain teachers, who haven't seen a bump in 3 years.

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TYLER (TYLER MORNING TELEGRAPH) - Pay raises for Tyler ISD employees could become official if the school board approves a proposal during today's meeting.

The district is proposing to raise the starting salary for teachers by $1,000 with the rest of teachers seeing a raise from $2,000 to $2,400 depending upon years of experience.

Administrators would see a raise of 4 percent of the midpoint for each pay grade with other employees such as paraprofessionals, manual trades and bus drivers receiving a raise of 5 percent of the midpoint for each pay grade.

The district also is planning to raise the minimum wage for paraprofessionals and manual trades to $9 per hour.

Superintendent Gary Mooring said last month that the raise would put TISD's teacher salaries on the high end of area school districts.

The closest Smith County school districts are Whitehouse ISD, which started first-year teachers at $39,000 for people with a bachelor's degree, and Chapel Hill ISD, which started first-year teachers at $38,700. However, both of these figures are from last year and could change before the coming year.

 

TISD spokeswoman Dawn Parnell said Longview ISD in Gregg County, which has in some years surpassed TISD's starting pay, would fall below it in the coming year if the pay increase is approved.

If approved, this would be the first teacher pay raise since 2010 and the first for other employees since 2009. It would cost the district $4.5 million.

The raise proposal comes in part because of the state restoring some of the funding cut during the 2011 legislative session.

Chief Financial Officer Tosha Bjork said during the June board meeting that with the passage of Senate Bill 1, TISD will receive an additional $7.5 million in revenue for the 2013-14 budget year.

The district plans to spend these funds on pay raises, an additional health insurance contribution and more instructional positions.

The 22 positions, which are up for vote, would cost almost $1.2 million. The positions include eight for the elementary level, three for secondary and 11 for curriculum and instruction.

The majority relate to the classroom with seven new instructional coaches to be hired, five dyslexia teachers, one bilingual/English as a second language facilitator, and one diagnostician, among others.

In addition, two strength and conditioning coaches are proposed, one each for John Tyler and Robert E. Lee high schools.

Dr. Christy Hanson, TISD's executive director of secondary education, said the district is hoping to see an increase in student achievement by adding many of these positions, particularly the instructional coaches and subject-area facilitators.

These people will work with teachers to create better alignment between planning, implementing and assessing instruction, Dr. Hanson said.

The district took into account campus staffing requests and student performance trends when deciding the type and number of positions to add, Dr. Hanson said.

In other business, trustees are expected to vote on several staffing changes including those related to four middle schools.

Boulter Middle School Principal Misti Rasure is requesting a transfer after she applied to be the district's new CTE director. Ms. Rasure has been Boulter principal for two years.

Hubbard Middle School Principal Dr. Scott Farler resigned after two years at the school.

The board is expected to vote on the hiring of principals for Hogg and Stewart middle schools, after those principals resigned and retired, respectively.

Deputy Superintendent Cecil McDaniel's resignation will be submitted for board approval. McDaniel was hired last month as a Keller ISD administrator. He had been with TISD since 2007.

The special-called board meeting is scheduled for noon today in the Dr. Jack L. Davidson Conference Center in the Jim Plyler Instructional Complex, 807 W. Glenwood Blvd. It is open to the public.

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