East Grand school board approves salary increases for its teachers
East Grand School District teachers will be getting a raise next year.
During Tuesday night’s East Grand School Board regular meeting, the board approved a broad salary increase for teachers and administrators within the district. The new salary schedule will increase salaries across the board by an average of five percent. The single biggest increase within the new salary schedule is for first-year teachers who will see an increase of six percent over salaries from the current school year. The board approved the increase unanimously.
“We are very fortunate to have a healthy fund balance,” Frank Reeves, East Grand superintendent, said. “We have actually had a pretty good year financially in the district and we were able to increase this. We are still playing major catch-up though to get anywhere near cost of living for our average teacher salary but this makes a big difference.”
Next year’s new base salary for new teachers in East Grand is $37,174, up from $34,474. The new salary schedule is projected to increase budget expenditures by the district by $422,717 next school year. Reeves noted the district expects to approve an increased classified employee salary schedule, which includes positions such as bus driver, food service worker and paraprofessional, in June.
The board also approved an agreement between the district and Sun Communities, a publicly traded company specializing in RV resort developments and manufactured housing projects. Sun Communities recently completed a deal with the Town of Granby to purchase a section of property within the larger Shorefox property that Sun plans to develop into an upscale RV resort. Sun is also in the midst of negotiations for a second deal with Granby for another parcel of land in Shorefox that is set to become a workforce and attainable housing development.
The agreement between Sun and East Grand relates to impact costs derived from the new developments. Under the terms of the agreement Sun will pay $300,000 to East Grand for fees in lieu of land. The funds will initially go to the town of Granby, which will act as a pass through entity for the $300,000. Reeves said Sun is expected to write the check after obtaining approval for their anticipated workforce and attainable housing development, tentatively expected sometime later this year.
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