CS Teachers Ask For Salary Increase

Some College Station teachers are asking the district for a pay raise. High School teacher and president of the College Station Education Association Mary Howell made a presentation to trustees at Tuesday night's school board meeting.

Howell's report compared salaries to schools within commuting distance. Teachers in College Station start out making $35,500 dollars a year. While teachers at Tomball, Magnolia and Montgomery make more money, others like Bryan and Brenham make less.

The College Station Education Association is asking for a $3,000 across the board raise for all teachers and those professionals considered in the same pay range. It is also requesting $1.50 per hour increase for all Education Support Professionals such as classroom aides, secretaries and custodians.

The proposed raises will cost the district an estimated $3.5 million, an amount Howell says the district can afford.

Back in December 2007, Rock Prairie Elementary teacher Keri Bedard made a presentation to the school board, comparing salaries to similar sized districts.

According to district officials, they will take these reports into consideration when they begin work on the budget, which will be in May or June.

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