Teachers in Davis School District will receive an 8.33% increase in their total compensation for the 2019–2020 school year, according to a press release from the school district.
The Davis Board of Education approved this increase at their board meeting Tuesday, after two months of negotiation with the Davis Education Association, the release said.
Yvonne Speckman, president of the Davis Education Association and a sixth-grade teacher at Buffalo Point Elementary, said at the board meeting that the association would be voting soon on whether or not to accept the package, according to the district press release.
In order to fund this increase in teacher compensation, the board will propose a tax increase at a Truth-in-Taxation hearing in early August.
According to a district press release, the increase would be about $4.50 a month on a home that is worth $275,000.
“The Board of Education of the Davis School District values the contribution of all employees and recognizes the need to attract and retain the best teachers and best classified employees,” said Board President John Robison and Vice President Liz Mumford in a statement released by the district.
“In order to do that, the board has reached an agreement with the district teacher and classified employee groups with a 4.75 percent increase that includes a cost of living allowance as well as other benefit increases,” Robison and Mumford said in the statement.
In addition to the 4.75% cost of living adjustment, the package also includes 1.88% increase to steps and lanes, as well as one more teacher preparation day and two more days of new teacher orientation, board documents said. Altogether, the package is an 8.33% increase in total teacher compensation.
First-year teacher in the district will be paid $43,798 beginning in the 2020 fiscal year, the release said.
According to the current teacher salary schedule on Davis School District’s website, a first-year teacher made $40,684 in the 2018-2019 academic year.
Compensation negotiations between Ogden School District and the Ogden Education Association are ongoing, said Jer Bates, the district’s director of communications, in a message.
According to reporting from the Deseret News, the Canyons School District Board of Education in Sandy recently approved a starting wage of $50,000 for new teachers and a $7,665 annual raise for all teachers, making teachers in the district some of the highest paid in the state.
The Murray City Board of Education followed suit and approved a $50,000 starting wage and a $7,000 raise for all teachers, the Deseret News reported.
Property tax increases will be required to fund these increases in both districts.