A little more than six months after voters approved a $42 million mill levy increase for District 11 schools, D11 announced some of that money will go toward increasing teacher salaries.
The D11 School Board approved the increase at its board meeting Wednesday to allocate some of the money from the mill levy override to fund the following:
For education support professionals, D11 approved the following changes as well.
D11 would also contribute 75 percent for insurance premiums and continue PERA contributions for support staff as well.
In a statement outlining the changes, D11 thanked taxpayers and said the increases will make the district more competitive in attracting good teachers.
The $42 million mill levy override was the first funding increase the district had seen since 2000. It costs taxpayers roughly $17 per month for a home worth $235,000 in Colorado Springs.
In addition to the increases to teacher salaries. the district said it would use the money to update technology in classrooms, repair and maintain existing schools, employ school resource officers in every middle school, provide more school counselors, psychologists and nurses and pay off district debt.