ODESSA - Hundreds of Ector County School District employees will have a very big smile on their face this school year.
On Tuesday night, School Board members approved the 2008-2009 budget for 227 million dollars, and it calls for plenty of raises.
Teachers, nurses, and librarians will receive a $1,200 raise, plus their 500 dollar step increase.
A beginning teacher will now make $40,700.
Clerical workers, teacher aides, and auxillary will receive a six percent pay increase as well.
Bus drivers and cafeteria workers will recieve a one-time gas allowance of 250 dollars.