The New Waverly Independent School District trustees approved an increase in pay for substitute teachers and adopted the school calendar for 2009-10 during their 50-minute meeting Monday night.

Trustees voted 7-0 to increase the pay for uncertified substitute teachers from $50 a day to $60 and for certified teachers they boosted the daily pay from $60 to $70.

New Waverly Superinten-dent Clay Webb said the pay rates were increased to “keep up with the cost of minimum wage increases. We have another one coming up very shortly. At that time I believe minimum wage will go a little over $7 an hour.

“We just adjusted the fee accordingly for all the substitutes. We moved it up $10 a day.”

The minimum wage increases to $7.25 an hour on July 24.

Trustees approved the 2009-10 calendar by a 6-1 vote, adopting a calendar similar to the one for 2008-09.

School is scheduled to start Aug. 24 and end June 3. The calendar includes a full week break for spring break and a full week breaK for the Walker County Fair.

John Malak, Joyce Goffney, Jackie Peters, Craig Smith, James Gregory and John Holland voted for the calendar while Linda Parrish voted against it.

Trustees also voted to add two goals for the district for the upcoming school year, giving it eight goals in its District Mission Statement.

They include New Waverly ISD will provide rigorous academic programs that prepare students for higher education and post high school experiences and New Waverly ISD will continue to improve the effectiveness and safety of facilities.

Also Monday night, trustees:

• Approved the district’s bank depository contract with First Victoria Bank.

• Approved staff development waiver, allowing teachers a three-day staff development during the summer.

• Approved hiring Carrie Zoch as an English teacher.

At its March 16 meeting, trustees approved:

• School Readiness Integration Partnership Program.

• Renewal of contracts on teachers on all campuses.

• Renewal of contracts on counselors at all campuses, including Patti Downs, elementary and intermediate schools; Susan Webb, junior high school; and Kaye Lynch, high school.

• Renewal of contract on nurse Beth McFadden.

• Renewal of contract on librarian Anita McClosky.

• Renewal of contract on diagnostician Laura Drake.

• Renewal of contract on speech therapist Judy Cox.

• Renewal of contract on technology director Marc Barber.