Kilgore ISD to seek OK for pay raises
By Melissa Greene firstname.lastname@example.org
July 29, 2013 at 11 p.m.
KILGORE - A Kilgore ISD official said Monday he will ask the school board on Aug. 26 to approve pay raises for every teacher, staff and faculty member with at least 90 days of service.
If approved, teachers will receive a step plus $1,000 while most non-professionals will receive 6 percent of mid-point of their pay grade.
The pay raises are part of a balanced, $28 million proposed operations budget that is $2 million more than the past year, thanks to changes in state funding and growth in the number of students attending Kilgore ISD, said Revard Pfeffer, assistant superintendent of finance.
"From my standpoint, it's good to be on the going-up side of things," Pfeffer said Monday. "We're still struggling with less money but are able to cover our needs and some wants, and we want to share that good feeling with all of our employees."
Pfeffer said the district will get back from the state about half of what was lost during the past two years.
The proposed budget consists of $17 million in local revenue with $10.5 million in state funding and $220,000 in federal funds.
Seventy-nine percent, or about $22 million, is dedicated to payroll.
Just more than $3 million is budgeted for professional services in the budget, while just under $2 million is set for supplies.
A further breakdown in budgeted items shows instructional expenses of $15.6 million; $3.3 million earmarked for plant maintenance and operations; $1.2 million for student transportation costs and $1.6 million for school leadership, according to the proposed budget.
Pfeffer also said the district is expecting an increase in state funding due to continued growth in attendance.
"The class that just graduated had 210 students, and we expect them to be replaced by at least 320 kindergarteners," Pfeffer said.
This is the first prolonged periof growth Pfeffer said he could remember during his 18 years with the district.
The board is set to vote on the proposed budget Aug. 26.