Board Consider Pay Raise

9 years 6 months 2 weeks ago March 13, 2007 Mar 13, 2007 Tuesday, March 13 2007 Tuesday, March 13, 2007 9:36:06 PM CDT in News

Krista Pyle works a lot of extra hours off the clock at Parkade Elementary.

"Let me think. Tonight I'm staying until 8. Wednesday I'm staying until 8. Thursday I have class until 9 and then Friday I stay until 10...And then on Sunday I come in and organize supplies for a few hours so quite a few off the clock. Definitely," Pyle said.

But she doesn't mind the extra time spent to help her students.

"I love teaching. I love coming to school and seeing all the kids. So excited to see me and give me a big hug," Pyle explained.

The same can be said for other teachers.

"I'm here for the kids, to provide a really great education. I'm not here to make a lot of money," Parkade Elementary teacher Christina Weaver said.

But at the same time they say they'd still like more money and they think students would benefit from it.

"Because first off it's always appreciated, but secondly, I think you're going to end up getting more dedicated workers," Weaver said. "And you end up collaborating. Better people that are more educated, more excited about what they're doing."

These teachers think they bring that excitement.

"I think I was always much more concerned with what I was passionate about and what I wanted to do. And that was to affect lives, and to essentially affect change. And I knew that teaching was where I could do that," Weaver said.

Pyle and Weaver are both first year teachers and benefit from the salary increase passed last year where starting teachers can make $33,000. The Association hopes the school board will raise that to $34,000.

The Teachers' Association presented its request to the school board Monday night. The board expects to make a decision on any wage increases, base and minimum, in April or May.

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