|By Amy Bounds, Daily Camera, Boulder, Colo.|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
The district and the teachers union are entering the third year of a three-year contract that stipulated salary increases in the first two years, but left increases for the coming year up to negotiations. The 2.8 percent increase is the rate of inflation used by the state. The total cost of the agreement, which includes health insurance cost increases, is
"We're really pleased that additional state funding came through this year that allowed us to recognize our employees," said Boulder Valley Superintendent
The school board is set to vote on the contract changes, which have already received the approval of the teachers union, at its Tuesday meeting.
"The cost-of-living increase maintains the integrity of our current salary schedule," Mueh said.
St. Vrain's contract includes a 1 percent raise in the base salary, from
"This really sets the stage for continued collaboration," Messinger said.
The last school year, the district had a trial run of a new teacher evaluation system that will determine if teachers earn tenure, replacing the previous system that awarded tenure based on longevity. The new evaluation system is required by the state's educator effectiveness law, passed in 2010.
Though the law requires that half of the evaluation is based on student growth on tests,
"We are moving ahead with our own evaluation system," Mueh said.
For the school day,
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