Teachers will be shouting a big “hoorah” if the Stephenville Independent School Board of Trustees approves pay raises for them during tonight’s regular meeting.

According to Superintendent Dr. Darrell Floyd, the salary schedule being considered is designed to encourage teachers to obtain graduate degrees as well as attracting the most qualified teachers to the district.

In the past, the gap in pay was not enough for a teacher to invest in more education.

Teachers would receive the normal state step increases for years of service plus more local money. The above base pay for a bachelor’s degree would increase from $2,800 to $3,300, a master’s degree would earn $4,100, up from $3,100, and a doctoral degree would be raised from $3,400 to $4,900.

Stephenville High School Principal Travis Stilwell is expected to report on recent ACT test scores. Floyd said the 2007 graduates “blew the top off” when it came to their results and he is extremely pleased. He commends teachers and staff for a job well done.

A budget workshop will begin at 5 p.m. and the board meeting will follow at 6:30 p.m. at the administration building on 2655 W. Overhill.

In other business the board will,

Present the 2007-08 proposed budget and proposed tax rate Conduct a public hearing on those proposals, and Review a safe and drug free schools report.