Teachers, district OK salary pact
Tonganoxie teachers and school board members have reached an agreement on teacher salaries.
The plan will increase salaries by $333,980 during the 2005-2006 school year. Last year the district spent $4.14 million on teacher salaries.
At a special school board meeting held Thursday evening, board members voted 5-0 to approve the two-year contract agreement.
The negotiated salary agreement will level out the base increase so that all teachers -- new and veteran -- will receive $1,100 during this school year, and another $1,050 during the 2006-2007 school year.
This differs from an earlier district proposal that would have increased the base pay of new teachers from $27,850 to $30,500, or 9 percent. This would have applied to teachers in their first three years with the district, and according to board members it would have helped the district in recruitment of new teachers. Under that proposal, veteran teachers would have received a base salary increase of $1,000 during the first year and $900 during the second year.
The final agreement approved by the board on Thursday also:
- Adds $50 to salary stipends for teachers who increase their education the first year, and $100 the second year.
- Adds $100 per month toward health insurance premiums the first year and another $50 per month the second year.
- Funds one during-the-day planning period per month for elementary teachers and provides for substitute teachers to fill in during this time.
School board president Leana Leslie said she would like to have increased new teachers' base salary more.
"But by the beginning of the next school year we'll be up to $30,000," Leslie said. "To me that's a good place to be."
And she noted, teachers who have been with the district for a year or more will receive an additional stipend of $550, according to the salary schedule.
"So really, it's a $1,650 increase," Leslie said of this year's salary increases for veteran teachers.