FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) Southwest Allen County Schools board members approved a new contract Tuesday night that will give returning teachers their first significant pay raise in several years.
More than 80 percent of the teachers who attended the union ratification vote supported the one-year contract, which goes into effect this school year.
On average, teachers have seen increases of 1.5 percent over the last three years. Under the new contract, the average returning teacher will see a one-time 6.1 percent bump. The increase is made possible because of a change in the way funding is calculated at the state level.
“We are so proud of how hard our teachers work for children,” SACS Superintendent Dr. Philip Downs said. “We are especially happy to be able to give this increase because our teachers have gone several years without seeing a significant raise. We are very grateful the state legislature has begun to address the funding gap between what schools get and what schools need to properly educate students. SACS is just now getting back to 2008 funding levels.”
Teachers serving in extracurricular roles will also receive raises. Coaches, music directors, and club sponsors will see stipend increases averaging 12.1 under the new contract. This is the first increase for these positions in nearly a decade.