LISD School Board approves teacher raises - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/5/10

LISD School Board approves teacher raises

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The Lubbock Independent School District School Board has approved teacher pay raises, according to Nancy Sharp, LISD Director of Communication.

The Lubbock ISD Board of Trustees adopted a new salary schedule for employees at their meeting on Thursday. The starting salary for a new teacher was increased to $37,750 annually, an increase of $1,750 over the starting salary in 2009. Salaries for teachers and paraprofessionals were increased an average of three percent and administrator salaries were increased by an average of two percent.

Dr. Karen Garza, superintendent, said, "We are pleased to be able to increase the pay for our employees. We have great teachers, staff and administrators and this increase is well deserved."

Administration said the ability to provide the raises was a result of intensive efforts to find efficiencies in the budget. About 185 positions were eliminated as people retired or moved from the district, with reductions of between four and five percent at both the campus and central office levels. Earlier in the year, the district announced the closure of four early childhood campuses which saved the district approximately $2 million in operating expenses.

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