Argyle school district teachers, counselors, nurses and librarians with 27-plus years of service who did not receive a pay increase in July for the 2012-13 academic year are getting a raise.
The Argyle school board on Tuesday approved an additional step in the district salary schedule paying employees with 27 or more years of experience in Texas an additional $595, or about a 1 percent pay increase.
Until Tuesday, the top step on the district’s salary scale was 26 years of service. According to district officials, 11 educators employed by Argyle were on the scale’s maximum step prior to the current school year.
“It was the right thing to do,” board President Kevin Faciane said after Tuesday’s 6-0 vote.
District officials project the additional tier to cost $6,550. The board amended its budget Tuesday to reflect the change.
In July, the board approved the 2012-13 salary schedule and a 1.5 percent increase for all employees not on the scale. The result was a pay increase for all staff below the 26-year step.
Superintendent Telena Wright said that, to her knowledge, no step progressions had been added to the salary scale in the past. She said she’s pleased with the board’s decision to add a step to the scale.
“I believe it’s a very positive action,” Wright said.
“They’re career educators in the truest sense of the word, and they’re the heart and soul of the instructional process.”
Debra Drake, an eighth-grade math teacher, said she is in her 31st year of teaching and because of the scale, has not received a step increase in a few years.
“The only extra money that we’ve received is the small stipend all the way across the board,” Drake said.
“I’m thrilled that the board passed it last night and that we are going to receive a little extra, since the rest of the employees have gotten it over the last three years that we haven’t.”
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IN OTHER ACTION
• Board President Kevin Faciane announced that the board would not fill the position left vacant by the resignation of Brenda Alexander, instead leaving the seat open until the May election.
• The board voted 5-1 to approve an agreement for a one-year contract with girls varsity basketball coach Skip Townsend. This comes months after Townsend filed a complaint regarding the renewal of his probationary contract for the 2012-13 year.
• The board canvassed the Sept. 15 tax ratification election results.