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Posted: Wednesday, July 18, 2007 12:00 am

Ector County Independent School District trustees unanimously approved a $2,000 flat increase in teachers’ salaries starting Aug. 1.

Along with that vote, trustees approved an additional step increase for each year of experience a teacher has.

For other employee positions, trustees approved a 4 percent raise on the new midpoint of pay grades and ranges, Deputy Superintendent Bruce Revell said.

The increase also includes market and equity adjustments for positions such as assistant principals and school counselors, which the Texas Association of School Boards found to be lower than market value, Dane Adkinson of TASB, presented to the board.

After the vote, many audience members clapped.

Prior to the vote, all three teacher organizations expressed their positive comments about the salary schedules for the 2007-’08 school year.

Kenney Ross, vice president of the Association of Texas Professional Educators, said the figures looked adequate.

“We do like what we’re seeing,” Ross said.

Ross, also a counselor at Bonham Junior High, said many times it’s a misconception that teachers want more money, but in reality it’s who they teach that means the most.

“We also want what’s good for the kids,” Ross said.

He said the group was in accordance with Revell in his recommendations for increases.

Tonya Houston, District 18 state representative for the Texas Classroom Teachers Association, said she was “thrilled” with Revell’s suggestion.

Chuck Isner, local president of Texas State Teachers Association and National Education Associa-tion, said he supported the increases and requested teachers be a part of the process of deter-mining pay raises.

“We’re there in the trenches,” he said.

In other business, trustees tabled an agenda item to approve a concurrent course program with the University of Texas of the Permian Basin, citing Odessa College had concerns about the program and wished to meet with ECISD and UTPB officials about the program, board president Carol Gregg said.

The program, presented as a memorandum of understanding between UTPB and ECISD would allow high school juniors and seniors to take up to six hours of freshman level college courses and receive high school and college credit for it.

“It is intended to help high school students have an exposure to college or university level instruction while in high school so that their transition to college will be smoother and more successful,” UTPB president David Watts said prior to the meeting.

At the meeting, Watts said he welcomed a discussion with OC and ECISD officials.

Trustees also approved:

>> Gale Pond/Alamo principal Denise Shetter as Bowie Junior High principal.

>> Cavazos assistant principal Carlton Johnson as Murry Fly principal.

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