Danedri Thompson
Teachers in the Gardner Edgerton School District will receive raises next year.
School board members approved an agreement between the district and the Gardner Edgerton National Education Association to ratify teacher contracts during a board meeting on June 10.
Under the terms of the agreement, teachers will advance one vertical step on the staff salary schedule, which effectively gives each a raise. The district will also continue to fund increased costs of the single health insurance plan. The cost of dental plans isn’t expected to increase this year, so the district’s portion will remain stagnant.
With raises and increased health insurance premiums, the district will spend approximately $422,250 more in total employee compensation during the 2013-2014 school year.
In a press release, USD 231 Superintendent Bill Gilhaus said he is pleased the district is in a position to offer increased compensation this year.
“Our teaching staff is beyond exceptional, and we truly appreciate their patience, and the understanding of the financial challenges and ongoing uncertainties the district faces,” he said.