CISD employees will receive pay increase

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014 - 12:36pm

The Canutillo Independent School District will give its employees a salary increase and adopt heftier stipends in an effort to become a premier place of employment among school districts in the region and the state.

CISD Trustees on Tuesday approved a salary increase of 1 percent for teachers and
other professional and clerical employees.

Auxiliary employees like custodians, bus drivers and food service workers will receive a 1.5 percent increase, the Board of Trustees voted unanimously.

Under the approved compensation plan, starting teachers with no previous
experience would earn $46,250, up from the current $45,900.

This is the fourth year in a row that Canutillo approves a salary increase for itsemployees.

“Our goal of becoming a district of choice involves attracting and retaining quality
educators and employees to serve our community’s children,” said Board President
Rachel Quintana. “This compensation package will make the Canutillo Independent
School District a top choice for the most-qualified employees in the region.”

The 2014-15 academic year compensation plan would will also increase stipends,
salaries and sign-on bonuses for employees in areas deemed in high demand.

Bus drivers – a position which the district has had difficulty recruiting – will receive a
starting pay rate of $15 an hour.

Teachers who are fully certified to teach dual-credit courses will receive a stipend of
$2,000, up from the current $1,000.

The stipend for secondary teachers with master's degrees in the content area they
are teaching will receive a stipend of $2,000, up from $1,500 this school year.

Secondary teachers with a doctorate degree in their teaching content will see their
stipend grow from $2,400 to $5,000.

Stipends for special-education teachers will go from $1,000 to $1,550.

The Board also approved heightened stipends for teachers who have achieved a
National Board Certification. Currently, NBC teachers receive a $1,000.

Under the approved plan, teachers with the certification will receive $3,000 if they have only a
bachelor’s degree, $4,000 if they have a master’s degree or $5,000 if they have a
doctorate degree.

Trustees on Tuesday also approved new sign-on bonuses for teachers with master’s
and doctorate degrees who are certified by El Paso Community College to teach
dual-credit courses in the content area of their degrees.

Dual-credit certified teachers with master’s degrees will receive a $3,000 sing-on bonus over two years.

Those with doctorate degrees will receive a $5,000 bonus also over two years.
“Canutillo students deserve premier teachers, and this compensation package goes
a long way in rewarding our highly-committed staff,” said Superintendent Dr.

Pedro Galaviz. “It also helps attract the type of educators and employees that will help us
reach our goals.”

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