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Roaring Fork teacher pay going up

John Stroudjstroud@postindependent.com Aspen, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado Roaring Fork School District teachers and other certified staff will receive a mid-year pay raise under a plan approved by the district Board of Education last week.The Interest-Based Bargaining Salary Committee recommended an across-the-board, $200-per-year, base-salary increase.The plan, approved 5-0 by the school board at its Jan. 14 meeting, also increases the annual wage adjustment for teachers and staff with eight or more years of experience by an additional $25 to $50, depending on where an individual is on the salary schedule. The raise is retroactive to the beginning of this school year.The district includes schools in Basalt, Carbondale and Glenwood Springs.The committee looked at how competitive the local school district is with other districts in the region. Under the new wage schedule, a first-year Roaring Fork teacher with a bachelor’s degree would be making $35,000, compared to a low of $30,273 in Delta and a high of $40,200 in Aspen. According to the IBB report presented to the school board, raises are based on additional funding the district will receive this year under the state of Colorado’s School Finance Act. That amount is expected to be $756,709.The total cost of the wage increase and related benefits will be about $868,418. The district anticipates being able to make up that difference through a projected increase in enrollment, which translates to more per-pupil funding from the state, and the amount saved each year due to the retirement of senior level teachers.Since 2002, the IBB process the district uses to negotiate teacher pay has resulted in increases to the base salary of $6,500, and increases to wage schedule of $11,370.The committee also discussed ways of providing additional funding for teacher pay in the future. The only meaningful way to accomplish that would be through an additional mill levy override, the committee determined.District voters have approved $4 million in mill levy overrides in recent years, the majority of which have gone to salaries and benefits. An additional $2.8 million could be achieved through the override process, if the district wanted to pursue another override.While committee members are recommending that the Board of Education explore this option in the future, we did not believe the current year was the appropriate time to present the ballot question to the voters given the state of the economy, according to the committee’s report.jstroud@postindependent.com


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