June 24--College Station school district employees will be getting a raise next year, albeit a smaller one than last year.
The school board on Monday approved a 1.8 percent raise for all faculty and staff members for the 2014-2015 school year. Last year, district employees got a 4 percent pay increase.
Because of changes in the Teacher Retirement System of Texas, including an increase in the required employee contribution, employees will see a 1.5 percent raise on their paychecks.
Teachers and counselors in the Bryan school district will also see a pay increase next year -- an average 1.5 percent raise compared to last year's 3.8 percent raise.
College Station school district spokesman Chuck Glenewinkel said the district averaged 3 percent pay increases per year prior to the 2011 session of the Texas Legislature, when $5 billion in school funding was cut.
Last year's 4 percent pay increase was intended to offset rising insurance premium costs, Glenewinkel said.
A spokesman for the Bryan school district said the more conservative pay increase this time around is due to budget uncertainty in the next legislative session and because of a contract with an Ohio-based nonprofit firm that will make recommendations regarding the district's pay structure.
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