by Alan McArthur
The Platte County R-3 School Board has approved an increase in the salary paid to teachers and all other employees of the district.
The base pay for new teachers will now be $34,500 up $500 from the previous year. All other current district employees will receive a 3 percent increase in salary.
First year teachers in the district also receive an additional $500 for two extra training days at the beginning of the school year. This brings the base salary for new employees to $35,000.
The board also increased the amount of increase for some salary steps in the teacher salary schedule for experience and also for increased educational classes.
The district will continue to pay for the full cost of health insurance benefits for employees on the base plan.
According to Mike Reik, assistant superintendent, the increases in salary are determined on the annual revenue for the district. Last year the district increased salaries by 6.5 percent.
“There were additional challenges this year,” said Reik.
One of those “challenges” was the relocation of the rental car facilities at the Kansas City International Airport into the Park Hill School District, which took away some tax revenue from R-3.
Reik said the increases help the district attract quality teachers because the salary is competitive with some larger districts.
“This does continue to keep us competitive,” said Reik.