Marlin ISD raises teacher salaries 42%Marlin ISD raises teacher salaries 42%https://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=122372016-02-25T06:00:00Z2016-02-25T17:40:00Z

​​​MARLIN - Marlin ISD officials are trying to lure teachers to the district next school year by increasing salaries, bringing them higher than other districts in the area. 

In a move to attract a broader pool of applicants for what could be the district's last school year, the Marlin ISD board of trustees approved a salary increase of 42.6 percent, or $15,000, for incoming teachers.

The new salaries will go into effect at the beginning of next school year and increase from the current rate of $35,056 to $50,000 for a ten-month contract for a new teacher, said Adam LeJeune, technology director for Marlin ISD.

Teachers with 11-month contracts could see a similar jump of 37.5 percent, from about $40,000 to $55,000, LeJeune said.

This comes as one of the many efforts made by the superintendent to reverse the academic standards of the struggling district, which has failed state academic standards four years in a row.

The new pay scale moves the maximum a teacher could earn from $53,244 to $60,000 for ten-month contracts and $66,000 for 11-month contracts.

This would place Marlin's salaries considerably higher than surrounding school districts.

West Independent School District starts its teachers out at $32,427, and its maximum is $48,907. Waco teacher salaries range from $45,000 to $61,500, and Midway teacher salaries run from $43,000 to $55,692.

"We intend to be the highest-paying school district within 75 miles. "We want to be the employer of choice," said ​​​​Marlin ISD superintendent Michael Seabolt.

The raises will cost the district an additional $750,000 annually, but the district plans to reduce the number of administrators and teachers to cut costs.

State records show Marlin ISD's enrollment has declined steadily for the past five years, starting at 1,035 in the 2010-11 school year and dropping by 158 to 877 as of October 2015.

Seabolt said the district hasn't adjusted the number of teachers it employs based on its student enrollment, leaving some classes with a student to teacher ratio of ten to one.​

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