Teachers in Ogden School District will be getting a 5.7% pay increase starting in the 2019-2020 school year.
The Ogden School Board approved the pay increase at a special session Monday evening, according to a press release from Ogden School District.
Members of the Ogden Education Association voted unanimously to accept the package late Tuesday afternoon, said Barb Whitman, Ogden/Weber UniServ director with the Utah Education Association.
Ogden School District will pay for the increase by drawing from the district fund balance, said Jer Bates, the district's director of communications, in an email.
“During the next fiscal year, we will explore additional options for ongoing funding,” Bates said.
These options include slightly increasing class sizes and “exploring new funding sources for other needs,” among other options, Bates said, as Ogden School District currently has some of the lowest class sizes along the Wasatch Front.
Tax growth through “property tax value increase along with more homes and businesses would help to offset the need for a tax increase,” Bates said.
The raise includes a 4.2% salary increase, which amounts to $2,429 at each level. Teachers will also receive a level advancement of $875, bringing the total compensation increase to $3,300, or 5.7%, the release said.
The compensation increase includes two additional days in the teacher contract, for a total of 183.5 days that teachers will work next school year.
“Our interest-based bargaining process allowed us to discuss common interests, with a specific goal to retain and recruit the very best educators for the students of Ogden School District,” said Jessica Bennington, the district’s executive director of human resources, in the district’s press release. “Our educators are the heart of student achievement. We are incredibly proud to work for a school board that recognizes their impact.”
A beginning teacher in the district will make $45,472 in the 2019–2020 school year. In the 2018–2019 school year, a beginning teacher made $42,172, according to the press release.
The Davis School Board approved a new teacher compensation package two weeks ago on May 7, which amounted to an increase of 8.33%, according to a press release from the district.
Despite the larger percentage increase, first-year teachers in Davis School District will be making less than their counterparts in Ogden.
A first-year teacher in Davis will be paid $43,798 beginning in the 2020 fiscal year, the district’s press 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.
The Deseret News reported that the Canyons School District Board of Education in Sandy recently approved a starting salary of $50,000 for new teachers — and that the Murray City Board of Education followed suit, approving the same starting salary for new teachers in the Murray City School District.
Davis, Canyons, and Murray City School Boards plan to fund teacher pay increases through increased property taxes.