WFISD Board Members Hear Teacher Salary Proposal

- Now that school is out for the summer, Wichita Falls ISD board members spent the morning discussing the budget for the 2014-2015 school year.

Cindy Tatum, WFISD's chief financial officer, proposed an across the board raise for all teachers in the district.

She says the raise would really be beneficial at keeping new teachers in the district.

The starting pay for new teachers in Wichita Falls ISD is just over $38,000.

That annual salary doesn't increase until they begin their fourth year with the district.

The district's CFO says while the current salary is competitive among other Texoma school districts, she's found it's not enough to keep new teachers from leaving Texoma.

"We find that when you go toward the Metroplex we're anywhere from $9,000 to $10,000 on the teacher salary scale compared to them so we need to look at the board considering getting more aggressive on the teacher salary scale to retain teachers," Tatum says.

Tatum says starting salaries for new teachers in the Dallas/Fort Worth area range from $42,000 to $49,000 each year.

And says the raise would provide new teachers with a salary she feels would keep many from heading to the Metroplex.

School officials did not vote on the proposal today.

They plan to do that after they get a better idea of the district's projected revenue for next year, which is expected to be in Mid-July.

And if approved, raises for all teachers would take effect September 1st..

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