"BCISD $36.3M budget includes teacher, staff raises" by: Mike Reddell

  A $36.3 million fiscal 2019-2020 operating budget with a teacher pay boost cutting the gap between Bay City teacher salaries and those in neighboring districts was approved by the Bay City school board at its regular meeting Monday night, June 17.
   Trustees also agreed to build a new Linnie Roberts Elementary at the old McAllister school site, took no action on a proposed clear-backpack policy, extended Superintendent Marshall Scott III’s contract and approved an agreement with the Bay City ISD Education Foundation in a three-hour meeting.
   In addition, the board heard updates on the Bay City Junior High, Tenie Holmes Elementary and the new BCHS Memorial Stadium construction projects – BCJH and Tenie Holmes are nearing completion, but the stadium work will continue into the fall.
   All BCISD staff will see a salary increase of 3%. 
   Employees on the BCISD Teacher Salary Schedule will see varying additional raises depending on number of years of experience, seeing total raises ranging from $1,371 to $7,300. 
   Those employees on the BCISD Teacher Salary Schedule with 21 or more years of experience will receive a 3% raise and an additional one-time payment of $5,000. 
   “The board wanted to make sure every single teacher will be compensated,” Scott said.
   The teacher pay initiative is driven by recent state bills that increased its education allocation to the district, from about $13 million to $18.7 million, while mandating a property tax cap of no more than 2.5%.

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