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San Antonio Independent School District board raises salaries, minimum wage

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SAN ANTONIO (KTSA News) – The start of the school year will bring more money for employees in the San Antonio School District.

The board Monday evening approved a new budget that includes a 3 percent pay hike for teachers, librarians, registered nurses and counselors with up to five years experience. Those with more years will get a 3.5 percent raise.

All other full-time employees will receive a 3 percent increase based on the 2018-2019 pay-grade midpoint.

“Additionally, we are very proud to bring the minimum entry hourly rate up to $15–a goal we have been working toward in a phased approach since 2016 when it was at a rate of $10,” said SAISD Superintendent Pedro Martinez. “All of this was accomplished within a balanced budget.”

The pay increases are made possible in part by the school finance bill recently approved by the Texas Legislature.

“The recent legislation is providing the District with increased funding, making it possible for well-deserved pay increases for all permanent full-time employees–with extra enhancement for teachers, librarians, registered nurses and counselors who have completed five full years or more,” said Martinez.

SAISD also is increasing the number of teachers at the master Teacher level with up to 197 more teachers in this category who will now be able to earn the additional $15,000 stipend, on top of the new pay increase.

The raises will be reflected in employee paychecks based on the start of their contract/work cycle for the 2019-2020 school year.

A $500 longevity supplement will be paid in January of 2020 to returning permanent full-time district employees who meet criteria of completing 15 years of SAISD District service in the 2018-2019 school year. Employees who received the one-time $500 longevity supplement in previous school years are not eligible to recent an additional supplement in January 2020.

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