WFISD board members move forward with $200 pay raise for teachers

WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - Wichita Falls Independent School District officials said they could not wait any longer for Texas legislators to make a move on teacher salary increases.

Monday night school board members approved a $200 raise for teachers, librarians and nurses.

That brings the starting pay for first-year teachers to $43,200. Teachers will also get their annual step increase.

Just two years ago, the district brought the starting teacher pay from $39,000 to $41,500 for the 2015-2016 school year and then raised it again in 2016-2017  from $41,500 to $43,000.

The district hopes the bump in pay, will attract even more qualified and motivated educators.

Superintendent Michael Kuhrt said it is not official however until the district's budget is approved.

He said if the state ends up giving the green light to the additional $1,000 raise, the board will cross that bridge when they get there since the district will have to cover the cost.

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