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A pay hike for all Sherman school employees

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SHERMAN, Texas -- Sherman ISD is giving their employees a boost in pay.

"I'm so excited that Sherman saw the value of its teaching staff that they decided to bless us with an extra raise,” said Jena Graham who has been a Sherman High School social studies teacher for the past three years.

Sherman ISD is giving teachers a $2,000 raise across the board.

“It gives us a little breathing room. We moved to Sherman for the quality of life and we knew that that was going to change the pay scale,” said Graham. “I was working in another school district a little further south and making a little bit different money, little bit more over there. Well, now that I’m back up here and they’ve decided to give this raise it makes it a little more competitive”.

This increase is funded by House Bill 3 which gives Sherman schools an additional $5.8 million in state funding. The bill requires the district to spend $1.74 million of that on pay raises, but the district decided to spend $3 million on raises.

“We’re endeavoring to not just provide the compliant increases that the state requires; we’ve gone above and beyond,” said Dr. Bennett. “(I’m) very happy that they focused on salary increases for teachers, counselors, nurses, and librarians”.

“It gives us the ability to stay here and live the life that Sherman offers: small town, community centered, tradition centered environment,” added Graham.

Teachers will also get an additional $500 to $2,000 based on their years of experience.

“We’ve been a district that’s focused on competitive salaries for many years. That’s a board priority for us,” said Dr. Bennett.

There will be a three and a half general increase for all other district employees and starting teacher pay will be bumped up by $1,800.

“Anytime that you’re competitive in the market it’s going to help you a tremendous amount in terms of recruiting more teachers and keeping teachers,” said Dr. Bennett.

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