Local educators receive pay raises

By: Emi FitzGerald Email
By: Emi FitzGerald Email

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.

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  • by Teacher Location: Sherman on Aug 12, 2008 at 12:36 PM
    Just become an administrator they make a decent living the rest of us put up with what we have to but you need to know I teach better when I can pay my bills just like the rest of the working class does at their job
  • by Sherman Teacher Location: Sherman, TX on Aug 9, 2008 at 04:14 PM
    Let me set a few things straight... 1. Teachers work 10 month contracts. 2. When we are off, we do not make money. 3. We do not get any paid vacation. 4. We do not get paid for holidays. 5. We do have our 10 month contract salaries divided over 12 months. (So we are being paid over the summer for work we already have completed). 6. I have had bad experiences with teachers over the years; but I don't lump all teachers together as terrible people who enjoy nothing better than yelling at children. 7. I do care about educating the young people of Sherman in spite of the few (and it does seem to be growing) parents who could care less about their child's education. 8. Teachers just might be the most stable adults a lot of young people come in contact with on a daily basis. 9. Oh we're not baby sitters. If I could charge by the head, I'd be rich by now. 10. What to doctors, lawyers, accountants, and teachers have in common? They are all professionals.
  • by Anonymous Location: TX on Jun 24, 2008 at 08:43 AM
    IF you want summers off, go back to school and become a teacher. America is still a free country. Quit whining and do something to change what you don't like about your life! Teachers don't berate YOUR career choice and the associated benefits, they made it possible for you!
  • by Anonymous on Jun 20, 2008 at 06:52 PM
    teachers need to do their job before getting a raise,DENISON teachers are the worse,earn your raise
  • by Ardmore Parent Location: Ardmore on Jun 19, 2008 at 01:32 PM
    Ardmore has some of the worst teachers that I have ever witnessed yelling and screaming at the kids. I don't yell and scream at my kids, but I do discipline them when they need it. Some teachers act worse than the kids. And the principals are no better! Ok teachers do good for the pay they receive and the summer vacation they get. High stessed business jobs don't even get summers off.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 19, 2008 at 09:04 AM
    School Teacher...You get no sympathy from me. There are plenty of American workers that take their work home with them and they don't get near as many holidays off as teachers, let alone a summer break. I understand a raise is great and all, but ISD's should not give an overall blanket raise. I have kids in the school system and there are some pretty lousy teachers out there.
  • by Mork Location: Ork on Jun 19, 2008 at 04:02 AM
    The most under paid job in the USA. Thanks to all good teacher everywhere (even if you did kick me out of class!)
  • by School teacher! Location: Oklahoma on Jun 18, 2008 at 06:51 PM
    We may get off in the summer, but think about ALL the work and and time we put in during the school year! WE don't get off at 3, we take our work home with us...grade papers, make lesson plans, we have a 50 minute plan time, but we are dealing with other issues that happened that day...it's worth a summer vacation!!!! Don't knock it, until you are in our shoes!
  • by joe Location: fink on Jun 18, 2008 at 06:24 PM
    well lets pay the newbys as much as teachers that have been there 10, 15 or 20 years good ol al has put the knife in our back again
  • by x on Jun 18, 2008 at 04:17 PM
    that is one heck of a raise so why do they complain they dont make enough money they dont work a full year pretty good pay if you ask me . and at least they GOT a raise . and they get summers off .oh wait I can see my taxes going up now
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