By LIBBY CLUETT
Mineral Wells ISD faculty and staff will begin their 2013-14 school year Monday morning and they have something to look forward to.
The school board plans to start off the school year on what will likely be a very popular note, since approving, last Tuesday, pay raises and a new hiring salary schedule.
The board has been working much of the past month on the district’s budget for the coming school year. As a result, it will give an average of 3-percent pay raises for teachers and administrators. However, maintenance, paraprofessionals and food-service staff will all received a 3 percent raise, according to MWISD Superintendent Gail Haterius.
For faculty and administrators, she said, “Its an average of a 3-percent pay raise, depending upon their pay-grade scale and whether they’ve topped out or not.”
Along with the upgrade in pay comes new hiring salaries for teachers and staff.
“The hiring salary schedule increased the beginning teacher pay scale,” Haterius explained. “We are now more competitive with other school districts.”
She said filling positions this year provided some challenges based on the previous hiring salary structure.
“We had about nine prospective teachers who verbally signed on [with MWISD] and called back and said they found a job that pays more [elsewhere],” she said.
Now, new hires with a degree and certification, but no teaching experience will make $34,099 annually or $35,099 with a master’s degree. The Texas Education Agency state minimum salary for the same individual is $27,320.
For a teacher with five year’s experience the TEA minimum is $31,560. MWISD will start now at $37,338 and $38,338 for a teacher with a master’s degree. These amounts are the new minimum salary for new employees and based on a 187-day contract. Non-exempt aides, clerks and food-service staff, likewise, also have a new, higher hiring salary schedule.