Four percent pay raises considered for Fort Worth school employees

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School employees could get a 4 percent pay raise if trustees approve a recommendation for the 2013-14 budget.

Fort Worth school administrators said the raise would help the district compete with salaries offered by neighboring districts. Beginning teachers would be paid $47,000, Deputy Superintendent Hank Johnson told trustees in a special meeting on the budget Tuesday night.

Trustees expect to discuss the budget again June 11 and adopt a budget June 25, Johnson said.

The draft budget includes $643.1 million in expenses, including $12.4 million in additional projects such as art, social studies and music supplies; eight more pre-kindergarten classes; implementation of an extended-year program; campus security measures; and formation of an education foundation.

It also includes 130 new teaching positions.

The district’s projected revenue is $633.7 million, including $29.1 million in additional state funding approved by the Legislature last month. A $9.4 million budget deficit would be covered using fund balance savings, leaving the fund balance at $101.7 million, Johnson said.

Trustee Ann Sutherland said she was not sure whether she will vote for the budget because she believes more money should go to the campuses instead of central office expenses.

Jessamy Brown, 817-390-7326 Twitter: @jessamybrown

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