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District 11 announces salary increases for teachers and support staff

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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: 

  • Teacher experience steps will be funded
  • Teacher academic credits will be funded
  • New teacher salaries will start at $39,000 will increases throughout
  • Service increments of 14.25 years will be funded for eligible teachers
  • District will continue contributing to PERA
  • D11 will continue contributing employer share of insurance premiums at 75 percent

For education support professionals, D11 approved the following changes as well.

  •  A one-step movement on the pay scale, equal to approximately a two-percent pay increase
  •  A two-percent recurring increase to the base salary
  •  A one-time, non-recurring salary adjustment for ESP who are capped at step 25, the highest step in the ESP pay scale
  • Salary adjustments will be made to bring the education support professionals’ pay scale closer to market value

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.

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