Fulton Teachers Want More Pay
"We found, when we surveyed our teachers, that they were interested in adding money to the base, and adding money to experienced steps and channels," said Helen Jarvis, who has taught in the district for 14 years, and cited the advantages of working in a smaller community.
"The personal feeling that you get in a small district, where you know most of the teachers, you know we're not strangers from building to building as much as you are in a larger district."
But, Jarvis also realizes salaries are lower, so teachers want an increase in base salary, money for each year they have taught, and money for their educational level. For example, Jarvis would receive almost $2,500 more next year, if the Fulton Board of Education accepts the teachers' proposal.
Administrators said they have tried to keep up with salaries in other mid-Missouri districts.
"We had been pretty competitive actually, here a few years ago, we competed very well with them," said Superintendent Mark Enderle. "Jefferson City, here in the past few years, passed a levy issue that dramatically increased their pay. And I know this year Columbia, at least for their first four years, are looking to go to a flat $33,000 rate, which makes us a little less competitive."
The Fulton school board said it wants to raise teacher pay, but is not sure if the budget can support it.