Board approves Teacher pay increase

The West Orange – Cove CISD Board of Trustees has approved a $3,000 minimum pay increase for teachers. The 2019-2020 teacher pay scale increases starting teacher salaries from $43,000 to $46,000. Individual step increases also reflect a minimum $3,000 increase, with some steps receiving a $3,500 increase.

On the WOCCISD pay scale, a teacher with twenty-five years of experience will earn $64,000. Teachers with a Master’s Degree will earn an additional $1,500 to their salary; while, teachers with a Doctorate Degree will earn an additional $2,400.

The WOCCISD Board of Trustees has been proactive in regards to teacher salaries.

Superintendent Dr. Rickie Harris said, “Our teachers have received, at minimum, a more than 10 percent raise over the last four years. That number is in addition to the $3,000 minimum raise approved by our Board June 20.”

Also during recent years, all WOCCISD employees were eligible to add to their pay by meeting retention and attendance incentives awarded, respectively, prior to fall holiday(s) and at the end of the academic school year.

Additionally, WOCCISD offers stipends for teachers in hard to fill areas which include foreign language, math, science, and, most recently, bilingual education.

All non-teaching WOCCISD employees will also receive a three percent salary increase. The 2019-2020 salary schedules were approved at the June 20 school board meeting. The pay increases were effective July 1.