In an effort to provide Van-Far teachers a more equable starting salary when compared to other districts in the area, the Board of Education voted to provide certified staff a 5 percent increase during their meeting held last week with several teachers in attendance to support the possible approval.
The current base teacher pay is $28,115 and with the increase of $900, the new salary is $29,015.
Currently, Community R-VI’s teacher base pay is $29,050 with a likely proposed increase set for next year. According to data from the Missouri School Board Association, other base pays include Bowling Green ($28,850), Mexico ($29,800), Louisiana ($30,900), Montgomery County ($29,000), North Callaway ($29,500), Pike County ($29,423), and Ralls County ($29,700).
In 2010-2011, the district gave teachers a 1.5 percent increase followed by a four percent bump in 2011-2012 and a two percent increase in 2012-2013.
“The members of the board of education and I have worked on the teacher’s salary schedule with a goal of setting the teacher’s base pay to a competitive level as compared to our neighbors,” said Van-Far Superintendent Chris Felmlee. “Historically, Van-Far’s base pay has been considerably lower than our neighbors. Over the past several years, due to the down turn of the economy, most of the neighboring school districts have not offered increases on their teacher base pay. During this time, Van-Far has been able to increase our base pay and offer our non-certified staff comparable pay increases without jeopardizing our budget.”
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