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    Quote Originally Posted by Wolfdawg View Post
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    Killeen is being careful with raises because the increase that is being funded from the state only is funded for 2 years at which point the local districts will either have to lower pay or figure out someplace to find the funds. On the other hand KISD is around 200 positions short at this point. They will have to remain competitive with our neighboring districts. I expect a modest raise, increase in insurance supplements and maybe a one time cash bonus that will depend not the years in the district.

    And this is exactly how budgets get into trouble. They accept a grant, the grant runs out, and the local government has to pick up the slack.

    It was the same thing when KPD got a grant for all the officers that joined the force a while back. Then when the grant money ran out, local taxpayers had to pick up the tab.

    Awful hard to tell the people "Sorry, we are laying off 20 officers because we ran out of money".
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    Quote Originally Posted by xzochye View Post
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    6-10% raise. Teachers will be receiving a raise of 6.6-10% depending on years of experience. That's anywhere from $3,175-$5,075.
    With current results it seems pay should be cut but instead raises are given for unsatisfactory results. There are a few good, even excellent teachers, that deserve a pay raise, but these teachers are lumped in with the failures. Typical BS.

    what happens once the grant ends? Who takes up the shortfall.





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    Quote Originally Posted by Night Owl View Post
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    With current results it seems pay should be cut but instead raises are given for unsatisfactory results. There are a few good, even excellent teachers, that deserve a pay raise, but these teachers are lumped in with the failures. Typical BS.

    what happens once the grant ends? Who takes up the shortfall.
    2 guesses and if you guess the government, you would be wrong. Anyhow, whenever you say government you are really saying Taxpayers.
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    Yep, it will be taxpayers. Our school taxes will go up.....again.





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    I saw 2 interesting things this morning... Killeen is giving its employees a cost of living pay hike and Bell county lowering the tax rate. Bell county can afford it as they have been overtaxing homeowners for a few years now. When your $100,000 house is now worth $300K, it makes things easier for them.

    Oh, and on a side note... I saw HHFD out exercising fire hydrants today as well. Wonder if they have been listening in on Killeens problem areas. I have been in this house for 16 years and this is the first time I have ever seen them do this. And it was actual fire fighters out pumping open the valves doing real physical labor to get it done. Nice.
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    We got a pay raise. I was expecting it since there has been an exodus of teachers from many campuses. Thing is that the damage has already been done and many of the best people have left and are not coming back.
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    I heard there is a nationwide shortage of teachers going on. Something like 20% at current rate.

    I know bus drivers are always in demand, but now teachers too. I knew it had to be getting bad when a retired teacher friend of ours came by and told us that Ellison wanted her to return for a year. She told them no... Or words to that effect.
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    I've read the same. Some states - I think California is one - are even "importing" teachers from overseas. In Cali's case, from the Philippines. Good luck with that.
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    Not so much a "teacher shortage'. but with many schools/school districts not paying the teachers what they are "worth", many teachers find it easier to work in a non-educational field (engineering instead of an Industrial Arts or math class, chemical engineering instead of teaching Chemistry), take a teaching job with a junior college or private school that pays more, or just finding a new, "better" career.




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    So if they aren't working as teachers then we have a shortage. What don't you understand?
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