Cleburne ISD anticipates raising teacher salaries in 2007-08 for the second consecutive year, an administration official said.

The district has several reasons to continue raising teacher pay, Assistant Superintendent Mike Bailey said.

“We want to reward our staff for the excellent work that they do,” he said. “That’s always first and foremost. Secondly, we’ve got to remain competitive with districts in our area so we can continue to attract and retain quality staff.”

With some Metroplex districts paying beginning teachers more than $40,000, CISD must make efforts to keep educators wanting to come and settle in the district.

According to a preliminary pay scale compiled by the district, teachers stand to earn a minimum $2,250 increase. The highest raise is planned for 14-year teachers, who might receive a $3,583 boost.

The school board must approve the raises before becoming official. But Bailey said the raises, if given, will not drop lower than the amounts in the preliminary report; the school board might increase some.

“If they see specific things that we need to address along the 30 steps [of the salary scale], if they want to put some more money here or there, we want them to have the time and opportunity to look at it and think about it,” Bailey said.

Last year, teacher salaries in CISD increased between $3,000 and $6,000 each, including a $2,500 raise from the state.

This year’s state raise is lower.

The Legislature recently gave districts the option of raising teacher salaries by $425. But the raise is lower than what CISD’s teachers deserve, Bailey said.

“The goals of any salary schedule are to reward, attract and also retain your staff.” he said. “What we’re looking at is significantly more than what the state is going to be sending us.”

District budget planning sessions are planned for Aug. 2 and Aug. 7. The next regular board meeting is Aug. 13.

Philip Navarrette can be reached at 817-645-2441, ext. 2337,


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