Teacher salary increases approved by Lufkin ISD board

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Lufkin Independent School District teachers are about to add a little extra green to their pocketbooks. Lufkin ISD Board of Trustees unanimously approved $1.4 million in teacher raises for the upcoming 2014-2015 school year during a meeting on Tuesday night.

"As anticipated, the state revenues have increased slightly by approximately $525,000. This past year, we funded additional capital improvement projects of approximately $770,000 that will not be required for the 2014-2015 budget," said Dr. LaTonya Goffney, the superintendent for Lufkin ISD. "These savings with actual HR savings due to attrition, retirement, reassignment of employees, and implementation of staffing guidelines for next school year, resulted in a savings of about $1.2 million dollars. We are very pleased to recommend that these funds be used to increase our teacher salaries."

According to a press release, the teacher raises will be disbursed according to teacher "steps," or years of experience. It says that is because the school district wants to be competitive with the surrounding market.

For instance, a teacher with zero years of experience will receive a salary increase of $700 from $38,300 a year to $39,000. While a teacher with 20 years of experience will receive a salary increase of $2,830 from $45,580 a year to $51,410 a year.

Copyright 2014 KTRE. All rights reserved.