De Soto teachers voting on offer
De Soto USD 232 teachers will receive an overall salary increase of 4.9 percent if the Board of Education and the De Soto Teacher's Association both agree on a contract offer, said DTA president Nikki Leisten.
"We have wrapped things up and our negotiated items are in the process of being voted on by all district teachers with a certified contract that are in our negotiated agreement," Leisten said in an e-mail.
The offer includes a 4.5 percent increase in the base salary from $36,068 to $37,700.
Leisten said raises on the salary schedule range from 4.8 percent to 6.2 percent, and teachers who are off the salary schedule will continue to receive the dollar amount on the last step of his or her respective column.
Supplemental salaries also would increase by 5 percent, which would move the supplemental salaries to 80 percent of the Johnson County average, Leisten said.
"The negotiations team also worked very hard on the contract language this year," she said. "Many areas of the negotiated agreement were revised."
For example, language was added to the agreement to allow for additional tuition reimbursement programs funded by grants to be developed. This would allow district teachers to take advantage of such programs in the future, Leisten said.
Changes also were made to the district's evaluation system to make it streamlined and enhanced, Leisten said.
Teachers are to have their votes on the offer postmarked by July 20, and pending approval, the agreement will be presented to the Board for formal ratification at its July 7 meeting.