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Agreement means Sioux Falls teachers will get pay raise

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SIOUX FALLS, SD – The Sioux Falls School District has successfully completed contract negotiations with its employee groups. The new 5 year contracts will begin on Monday, July 1, 2013 and remain in effect until June 30, 2018.

In an effort to maintain and strengthen quality educational programs, the District is committed to acknowledging the dedication and professionalism of its nearly 3,000 employees. The contracts call for salary adjustments based on FY10 amounts as the base and inflating each step on the schedules by an amount equal to one percent annual increase per year since. The adjustments attempt to help employees recover from the devastating salary setbacks in FY11 and FY12 due to the decreases in state funding.

Teachers will receive an 8.54% increase, with the base teacher salary moving from $30,680 to $33,299. The teacher work week will increase from 37.5 hours to 40 hours to include additional time for collaboration, professional development and lesson planning.

Classified Staff and Administrators will receive a 4.87% increase.

Speaking on behalf of the Sioux Falls School Board, Board President Doug Morrison says, "I am extremely proud of the administration and the bargaining groups with regards to the effort and cooperation that were maintained through the entire process. I am grateful to the School Board which was committed to putting in place agreements that help our workforce recover from previous setbacks."

Since 1995, employees in the Sioux Falls public schools have continued to lose earning power when compared to average wage earners in the city, state and nation. The District's careful planning, long history of fiscal responsibility and tapping into the existing fund balance will allow these contracts to be offered.

Official action approving the Agreements will be taken by the School Board at its April 22, 2013 regular meeting.

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