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Daily Editorial: Teachers on the rise

Vail Daily Editorial Board
Vail CO, Colorado

It’s a shame that teachers aren’t paid more, but it was a step in the right direction to give teachers a 2-percent raise this coming January.

Rewarding those who have master’s degrees to the tune of $2,000 in a lump sum for their service in the 2007-08 school year isn’t a bad idea, either.

Surely that move was designed to retain some of the more experienced educators in the Eagle County school district. In the 2008-09 school year, teachers with Master’s Degress will receive a $3,000 raise in salary.

Lots of workers in the Vail Valley salivate at the prospect of their primary job garnering just more than $45,000 per year. That amount puts teachers above the average, per capita income of Eagle County, which is about $35,000, according to 2000 Census data.

Granted, the per capita income of Eagle County has risen in the last seven years, but teachers have received raises over the years as well.

However, the cost of living in Eagle County is significantly higher than in other parts of Colorado. This makes being a teacher in the Vail Valley particularly difficult.

School officials say the number one reason for teachers moving on is the pay. Like most young professionals who move to the Vail Valley; skiing, hiking and biking and a love of the “mountain lifestyle” initially bring them to the mountains. It’s the three roommates and second job that snaps young professionals back to reality.

All told, being a teacher in Eagle County doesn’t pay that badly. But as the old saying goes, “you can never pay cops, firefighters and teachers enough.”

” Austin Richardson for the Editorial Board

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