With school out for summer, teachers have a chance to take a break from the classroom. Now some educators can relax knowing they'll make more money next year.
Sherman I.S.D. Superintendent Al Hambrick says raises have been a priority for the district for the last few years and salaries are competitive with other school districts. The district's board of trustees approved a 2% cost of living raise for staff members currently employed at Sherman, and increased starting salaries by $1,500. Those measures mean first-year educators can make an annual salary of $38,000.
"Hopefully this will show our staff appreciation for the work they put in our schools," Hambrick said.
Sherman I.S.D. administrators made the move, even though the district is operating in a million dollar deficit. It's a staggering figure, but most districts in Texas are in a similar financial situation due to state budget changes.
Even with a tight budget, administrators say it's a worthwhile investment.
"It's very important we have the very best staff we can for our students. One of the main things that correlates to students performance is instruction, and you get that by quality staff. Quality teachers" Hambrick said.
In Oklahoma, superintendents across the state are meeting in July to see if more money will be allocated to their districts. There have been talks that funding is tight in the Sooner state as well.