CPS to increase teacher salaries

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COLUMBIA - UPDATE: The Columbia Board of Education approved new contracts with faculty and parent educators Monday night. 

According to President of Columbia Missouri National Education Association Kathy Steinhoff, teachers approved an agreement with the CMNEA for teachers and for parent educators as part of the Parents as Teachers program on Friday. The agreement with teachers will increase the average salary more than $1,400 or 2.85 percent, with an estimated annual salary of more than $51,000. 

"The key elements are $330 increase on the base, collapsing column one into column two, and adding an index in column seven to make it easier to fold into column eight. We basically created a seven column schedule," CPS Deputy Superintendent Dana Clippard said.

In addition to the base salary increase, there's an additional doctoral stipend which adds to the National Board Certification and to the certification of clinical competence for speech language pathologists. 

According to Clippard, every staff member on the CPS payroll is eligible for an increase in salary. This includes teachers, parent educators and custodians.

In regards to parent educators, their salaries could potentially increase based on years of experience only, Clippard said. Parent educators are represented by the CMNEA as well, and they work with parents of newborns and early learners in their homes to promote effective parenting skills. 

"The goal is to be quality employers for all employees and the negotiations are one part of achieving that effort," Clippard said. 

CMNEA met with more than 1400 teachers to prioritize and discuss this agreement being presented to the board Monday. Both Steinhoff and Clippard are expecting an approval from the board.