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June 5, 2014

WO-C CISD offers $3,000 stipend for teachers in hard-to-staff areas

ORANGE — Teachers who teach secondary math, secondary science, or a foreign language will receive a $3,000 stipend beginning next school year in the West Orange-Cove school system.

Superintendent James Colbert said, “The incentive will start in the 2014-2015 school year and go towards existing teachers and new hires. The stipend will remain in place as long as these positions are hard-to-staff and for as long as the District can afford it.”

The incentive will be distributed in three separate allotments each year. A $1,000 initial stipend will be paid at the beginning of each school year; while a second $1,000 stipend will be paid at the beginning of each spring semester and the final $1,000 stipend will be paid at the end of each school year.

The purpose of this incentive strategy is to allow WOCCISD to be competitive in recruiting highly qualified teachers and assist in keeping good teachers in hard-to-staff positions.

West Orange-Stark High School Science teacher Del Basinger said, “It is a big incentive as far as getting teachers into the school to make our department stronger. It is a positive step forward.  I think this is outstanding.”

Prior to the $3,000 stipend and during the previous three year period, the District made decisions with purposeful intent that aggressively increased the teacher and administrative pay scale.

For example, WO-C CISD commissioned a salary audit through the Texas Association of School Boards. As a result, the salary of every district position was evaluated. In the two years since, equity adjustments have been provided as well as raises for teaching and administrative staff.

Currently, beginning teachers with zero experience can earn $39,588 in the West Orange-Cove school system, significantly above the state minimum of $27,320.

Additionally, the District passed a bond, and ultimately passed a Tax Ratification Election.

“All of these measures, combined with being fiscally responsible, have now placed us in a position to offer the hard-to-staff stipend,” Colbert said.

WO-C CISD also took action earlier this year to attract high quality substitutes through increasing substitute pay for those who hold teaching certificates and substitute in their area of certification.  These individuals can earn between $200 and $230 per day, depending upon years of experience.

“These initiatives allow WO-C CISD to make every effort to place the very best teachers in front our students on a daily basis, both as highly qualified full-time educators and as expert substitutes. We look forward to monitoring the results that these staffing actions will provide to our students,” Colbert said.

 

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