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Columbus ISD board updates salaries for district teachers

July 10, 2019 - 00:00

COLUMBUS — The Columbus Independent School District Board of Trustees Monday night unanimously approved new salary schedules for district teachers, counselors, and librarians to reflect changes to the state-mandated minimum salary schedule passed by the legislature this spring..

For first year teachers, the district’s newly adopted annual salary is $42,250, while the newly mandated state salary is $33,660. Last year, CISD set the salary for first year teachers was at $41,000, while the mandated minimum state salary was $28,080.

For second year teachers, the district’s newly adopted annual salary is $42,650, while the newly mandated minimum state salary is $34,390. Last year, CISD set the salary for second year teachers at $41,250, while the mandated minimum state salary was $28,690.

For fifth year teachers, the district’s newly adopted annual salary is $44,250, while the newly mandated minimum state salary is $38,880. Last year, CISD set the salary for fifth year teachers at $42,250, while the mandated minimum state salary was $32,440.

For tenth year teachers, the district’s newly adopted annual salary is $48,000, while the newly mandated state salary is $45,630. Last year, CISD set the salary for tenth year teachers at $44,200, while the mandated minimum state salary was $38,080.

For fifteenth year teachers, the district’s newly adopted annual salary is $52,000, while the newly mandated state salary is $50,710. Last year, CISD set the salary for fifthteenth year teachers at $47,600, while the mandated minimum state salary was $42,310.

For twentieth year teachers, the district’s newly adopted annual salary is $56,000, while the newly mandated state salary is $54,440. Last year, CISD set the salary for twentieth year teachers at $51,600, while the mandated state salary was $45,510.

Building Renovations

CISD Superintendent Dr. Brian Morris presented trustees with the cost for some proposed renovations to the CISD Administration Building and the Board Room to the Trustees for consideration which was unanimously approved. For a total fixed price of $7,986.81, the current carpet (which Superintendent Morris pointed out had been in place for 23 years) will be torn out and replaced.

Renovations to the Chris Kilpatrick Center were also proposed and approved by the board on Monday night at a total fixed price of $45,111.78.

A company will be installing a suspended ceiling grid to the inside of the roof of the building to decrease the echo that is created by the student athletes daily work-outs and, because of the changes, existing lights and fire alarms will have to be relocated.

These are the first renovations set for the Kilpatrick Center that since the buildings original construction.

Standard-Based

Grading

The Board discussed the possibility of switching their their current grading policy for first grade from EIE to Standard-Based Grading.

Although Columbus ISD currently uses Standard-Based Grading for Pre-K and kindergarten, the idea was presented to also extend this to first grade, as studies show that the practice leads to greater student performance, skill level, and also shows more accurate and detailed information over students academic weaknesses and strengths.

The Citizen will have more information over Standard-Based Grading in next week’s edition.