Possible pay increase for Denison teachers

DENISON, TX-The Denison School Board of Trustees has could soon approve a increase in pay for Denison teachers for the next school year. They say the raise is not only a reward for hardworking instructors but also a way to bring in strong applicants.

Denison superintendent Dr. Henry Scott says board members are working to finalize the $35 million budget, which includes a $1,000 pay increase for teachers in addition to the at least $300 raise they already receive each year. Scott says he hopes by offering higher salaries the district will bring in more strong teachers.

"You've got to have people that are really good at what they do. If they are not, you can’t be competitive, and that's the bottom line, "Scott said.

"We are entrusting the teachers with our kids to teach them well and to eventually get them out into the work place so I think it’s important that you have good competitive salaries so that you can attract those good teachers," DISD business director Randy Reid said.

Reid says the budget will also include a new fire alarm system at B. Mc Daniel Middle School for $75,000, a new track at Denison High School for $135,000, and renovations to seven bathrooms at the high school for $220,000.

"We are spending taxpayers money trying to decide future programs, how to maintain our schools, and how to maintain quality teachers too," Reid said.

"Our number one priority is are we spending the money to educate our kids in the classroom,” Scott said.

The board of trustees also decided to continue the tax rate of a 1.27 for the year and set a public hearing date for August 18th at 6:15 pm.

After the hearing and additional meetings the finalized budget will take effect September 1, 2009.

"I think this budget very well meets the needs of the district," Scott said.

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  • by Anon Location: Bonham on Jul 29, 2009 at 08:11 PM
    Yes, anonymous...hard to take them seriously when they make so many grammatical mistakes.
  • by anonymous Location: Pottsboro on Jul 29, 2009 at 04:53 PM
    Does anybody else have a problem with the first sentence in this article??
  • by jason Location: 13 th street on Jul 29, 2009 at 04:30 PM
    oyu know its great i am so happy for denison teachers being a teacher i know the effort it takes however i hope dr hambrick and the of the sherman so called school board takes care of us. to be honest the state of the sherman isd is in a state of unhappiness, let the good times roll
  • by Ima Location: Teacher on Jul 29, 2009 at 03:22 PM
    To those who have commented so far... as a teacher, I'd like to say thank you for your comments. It reminds me once again that you have no idea what it takes to do what we do. We ARE glad to have jobs. And we're glad to do those jobs. From the bottom of my heart I thank you for your comments. You remind me how cold and insensitive some folks can be...
  • by Anonymous on Jul 29, 2009 at 03:06 PM
    Maybe teachers can make minimum wage Leroy. Then if they complain tell them to get another job if they don't like it. Or that they're lucky to even have a job.
  • by Leroy Location: Denison on Jul 29, 2009 at 11:48 AM
    Happy teachers =happy students=happy parents. Happy Tax payers- - -NOT!
  • by Anonymous on Jul 29, 2009 at 11:15 AM
    Great, now I will have to pay more taxes on my house to send other people's kids to school.
  • by Sherman Parent on Jul 29, 2009 at 08:30 AM
    Hey Sherman school board and Hambrick, this how you run a school district. Happy teachers =happy students=happy parents.
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