SCOTIA: Board OKs pay boost

Starting salaries will increase by 12.2 percent over the course of the four-year contact, increasing a starting 2006-2007 teacher's pay at $36,000 increase to $40,000 by 2010-2011. Bachelor's degree salaries on the top step over those same four years will rise by an average of 3 percent per 23-year employee from $76,944 during the 2006-2007 school year to $86,344 for a 23-year employee during the 2010-2011 school year.

The portion of the contract that requires additional teaching time involves instructional time during report card preparation. Teachers will select a third day during which substitutes will cover classes for a half-day during the preparation.

In the past, elementary students were not in the classroom for three half-days so teachers can complete the reports. Teachers will now only have two half-days without students in the classroom.

Board president Margaret Smith said she in satisfied with the contract and said the research behind coming to an agreement was well worth it.

"I think the pay scale coincides with what we expect from our staff. Hopefully this will help us continue to attract quality teachers to our district," she said.""

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