Salt Lake City –2,600 Jordan School District Teachers have an offer on the table which would reward them $10 million dollars next school year.
“We are very excited,” said Vicki Olsen, a 27-year teacher who works at Riverton High and represents the Jordan teacher’s union.
After improving student achievement, the prior board made it their top goal to increase teacher pay.
Salaries for new teachers will increase from $34,500 to $40,000.
“We want teachers to know that they are important to us and we value what they do,” Voorheis, a retired teacher of 22 years, said.
“Clear evidence suggests student achievement comes from effective teachers in the classroom,” she said.
The raise would be funded for one year but the district can used saved money to sustain the raise over several years with help from yearly legislature. Eventually, Voorhies said tax payers may be asked for a small increase, but that won’t be too difficult.
“When we ask our patrons what matters to them the most, they say pay teachers better,” she said.