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FOUR-PERCENT HIKE FOR ALL, PLUS EXTRA STIPEND FOR MANY SUPPORT STAFF
Employees at Cotulla ISD will see an increase in their monthly income beginning this academic year, following a decision by the board of trustees on Monday to grant a four-percent salary hike.
Trustees voted on July 31 to approve the raise for the 2023-24 school year for all employees. The pay hike puts Cotulla ISD among the highest-paying school districts in the region, according to the administration office in a brief prepared statement Tuesday morning.
The salary hike represents an average increase of $2,300 in the salary of a beginning teacher, bringing the income to $60,240.
Additionally, all paraprofessional and auxiliary staff receive a four-percent increase to the mid-point based on each pay grade.
The board also voted to continue the Economic Equity Stipend of an additional $2 per hour for all maintenance workers, custodians, bus drivers and cafeteria staff.
In another move to attract and keep educators for the long term, Cotulla ISD has put in place a $2,000 retention and recruiting stipend for the 2023-24 academic year.
“Cotulla ISD has always attempted to stay competitive with pay rates in the region as well as the state,” district finance director Alfredo Vela said. “In the past eleven years, the Cotulla ISD Board of Trustees has approved a total 44-percent increase to the mid-point, which means an average four-percent raise each year for all employees.”