CSISD Mulling Pay Raises, More Classes For High School Teachers

College Station Independent School District teachers could be getting a pay raise for the upcoming school year, and part of the change is for them to take on extra classes.

It's a move to shore up a budget in the red.

News 3 looked into how much the potential move could save the district.

Challenging times for public school teachers here in College Station and across Texas.

First Grade Teacher Ann Shafer is seeing more kids in the classroom at South Knoll Elementary.

"We didn’t reduce any staff we were fortunate we didn’t lose any of our staff members we were able to keep the same number of teachers. But that’s not the same everywhere but we ended up being pretty fortunate. But our class numbers have gotten bigger and they are probably going to continue to increase in size," said Shafer.

Core teachers in 5th through 8th grades are already teaching an extra class each day and CSISD is now thinking about doing the same thing at both high schools. To help offset that heavier workload, staff could see a 1.5 percent pay increase.

"We're very fortunate," added Shafer.

With the plan the district says they'd save money overall. Raises would cost about $1.2 million but they'd save an estimated $1.7 million by having high school teachers teach six classes.

Superintendent Eddie Coulson tells us it's a balancing act during a critical time.

"We plan on having a $4.5 million deficit budget. In order to get to that we have to reduce somewhere between $1.8 million and $2 million and so as a district that's what we're currently working through right now," said Eddie Coulson, Ed.D.

On top of the cuts the district is receiving about $7 million less funding from the state.

It's a problem Coulson doesn't see ending.

"I think the most troubling thing is there's not a plan to fix them," he said.

A critical crossroads for public schools not only in CSISD but across Texas.

The school board will adopt next year's final budget by August.

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