The Marshalltown School Board approved a proposed increase in base pay for educators for the 2012-13 school year and also approved a 2.25 percent increase in paraeducator pay at Monday night's meeting.
The approval of the teacher pay increase came after a settlement was reached with the Marshalltown Education Association and the Marshalltown Community School District Board of Directors.
MCSD Attorney Rex Ryden asked the school board for approval of a 2 percent increase which would take the starting teacher pay to $34,962 annually which is $701 more than the base pay now.
Ryden also pointed out that this agreement would end up costing the district an additional $756,000 for the 2012-13 school year; an increase of 3.6 percent.
"That's a tad higher than we had hoped to go on the contract," Ryden said
Board Members Larry Schrum and Anne Paullus represented the school board at the MEA meetings and Schrum defended the pay increase citing teachers' attraction to the district.
"We want to be in a position to attract and maintain good educators," Schrum said. "But we also have a budget that we have to maintain."
The school district also reached an agreement with Local No. 238 of the Teamsters Union on paraeducator pay. The board approved a 2.25 percent increase in pay for most paraeducators in the district and also a new longevity pay schedule which will go in effect for employees with at least seven years of service. The longevity pay results in 35 to 80 cent per hour increases in pay, but no 2.25 percent increase.
In other board business, members approved a waiver that would allow for an early start date to the 2012-13 school year. The waiver is required by the state of Iowa for schools who wish to start before Aug. 27, 2012.
Jacy Large was approved as the new Miller Middle School principal with a salary of $99,000 and Matthew Cretsinger was also approved as district director of Special Services. Cretsinger will receive a salary of $89,000.