By LIBBY CLUETT | firstname.lastname@example.org
On Tuesday the Mineral Wells ISD school board proposed a budget that will give a 2.5 percent raise for all staff not on the regular step pay raise, which is mandated for teachers.
Like other Texas public schools, MWISD has not had an increase in state funding since 2006, Superintendent Gail Haterius noted. She said since then, each district has been funded based on a set target revenue rate. Even if property values go up, she said MWISD gets a certain, defined amount each year.
Because of inflation and rising operating costs, many school boards have not increased salaries, except for the step raises for teachers.
She said the district will spend about $240,000 for the required teacher step raises this year.
“These aren’t extravagant teachers’ raises. They average from 2.7 percent to 3.2 percent each year on the state teacher pay scale,” she noted.
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