MLO dollars support teacher and staff salary increases

The salary adjustment plan for the MLO funds to provide fair, competitive, and living wages for all employees included:

  • Restoring the “lost” cost of living step to any district employee who was hired before the 2020-21 school year and has not since changed positions.
  • Increasing the district’s minimum wage to $18 per hour.
  • Using a portion of nonrecurring MLO funds to increase the district’s starting teaching wage to $50,000 in the form of a professional wage supplement.
  • Increasing salaries for teachers, counselors, special service providers, principals, assistant principals, and other staff members whose jobs are found almost exclusively in schools or school districts to ensure they fall in the top third (67th percentile or higher) of our ten comparison districts to ensure a competitive wage.
  • Increasing the salaries for staff working in a local market to ensure they are in the 67th percentile or higher of comparable salaries for similar positions at local organizations or of our comparison school districts.

The remaining nonrecurring 12% of MLO funds reserved for other retention and recruitment efforts will be allocated towards staff housing and an employee education opportunity fund.