Socorro Teachers Enjoy Pay Raise


POSTED: Thursday, August 26, 2010 - 7:09pm

UPDATED: Thursday, August 26, 2010 - 7:25pm

El Paso - Teachers in Socorro are seeing their pay raise. SISD is one of two school districts in the Sun City to give teachers and support staff a pay increase beginning this semester.

"I love teaching the kids and seeing their eyes buldge out and grow when they get something and say oh, this is easy," says 3rd Grade Vista Del Sol Elementary teacher, Roxann Bush.

Bush has been an elementary school teacher for 29 years. She says her time teaching has had it's ups and downs, but the profession is always exciting and rewarding. What's even more exciting is this 3rd grade teacher will be getting a raise this year along with her Socorro colleagues.

Bush says the raise was unexpected and very much appreciated. "The raise motivates us, it also builds morale. A lot of us said, wow this is great, I don't think many of us were expecting one," contends the veteran instructor.

Along with Ysleta, S-I-S-D raised its teachers salaries a little over one percent. Socorro is also the school district that christened the brand new state of the art Eastlake High School a few weeks back.

Socorro stripped two million dollars away from it's district center and focused the money on making sure its teachers stay committed to their jobs. "I wish we could give more. I think while the increase is modest, I think the work happening in the classroom and with our administrators merit more than that and I wish we could give more, but we simply do not have the resources and we must be deliberate with the resources we do have," argues Socorro superintendent, Xavier De La Torre.

One of the resources the Socorro Independent School District has is Roxann Bush.  And, raise or no raise, for Bush, the classroom is home.

"We do everything we can to get them motivated, keep them going, have the work fun, inventive and insightful so they can continue to grow their self esteem and their intelligence," says Bush.

The S.I.S.D. Board of Trustees voted in July to give its teachers the raise.  The instructors will begin seeing the increase on their paychecks beginning in August. 


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