Board approves pay increase for all employees

All Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District teachers and staff will receive a pay increase after the Board of Trustees approved the item for the 2012-2013 school year budget during a special meeting Tuesday night.

“We are fortunate to be in a position where we can reward staff for their hard work,” Superintendent Dr. Steve Flores said. “We have high expectations for all our employees, especially as we work in transforming our schools. I commend the board for taking this action because I believe that we have the right people in place to continue our path on becoming the best school district in the state and nation.”

The raises will give all teachers a $1,500 increase in annual pay. Hourly employees will receive an increase of 3.5 percent and other administrators and professionals will receive a 3 percent increase.

“We pride ourselves in being a school district that places a high value on our students,” Board President Dr. Cesar Maldonado said. “We are fortunate to be able to reward our talented, hardworking staff for their hard work in developing our students. I commend administration for making the newly adopted pay structure a viable and sustainable framework that is fiscally responsible to all of our stakeholders. As a result of the careful planning, I am confident that we are in a position to continue our transformation into an even better product for our students, families and community.”

The district’s administration expects to present a final budget to the board during an August meeting.

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