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Paradise ISD board raises teachers’ pay

By Jimmy Alford | Published Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Many Paradise ISD teachers and several administrators can look forward to pay raises next year.

The school board accepted recommendations from the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) to increase many of the district’s pay grades to make salaries more competitive with those throughout the area.

TASB representative Matthew Levitt advised the board in February to raise pay grades to 95 percent of the market average. This will affect newer teachers most, but teachers with 13 years’ experience and less will also see an increase. Several administrators’ pay will also be raised in accordance with TASB recommendations.

Currently, first-year teachers’ salaries in Paradise are about 13 percent below market average, while fifth-year teachers’ salaries are 9 percent lower. With the increase, a first-year teacher will now start with $36,000, and fifth-year teachers will earn $38,671 annually, according to PISD Superintendent Monty Chapman.

SUPERINTENDENT CONTRACT

PISD is the only district in the county to still have its superintendent’s contract up in the air.

School board President Homer Mundy said the board has decided to put off a decision on Chapman’s contract until April in order to give newly-elected members Ben Sanders and Ronnie Pewitt time to get to know the superintendent and see how he operates.

“It was December before we seated the new board members, and they weren’t ready and we weren’t ready to vote on his contract,” Mundy said. “It was different when we had elections in May – they had time to work with [the superintendent].”

The board also:

  • unanimously agreed to compensate PISD workers for another missed instructional day due to inclement weather. During the prior meeting in February, they agreed to pay district employees for four other bad weather days.
  • approved administrator contracts.
  • approved a new Internet provider contract with CenturyLink, saving the district money and doubling its bandwidth.
  • approved textbooks and the 2014-15 calendar.

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