Raises could be coming for teachers in Shawnee Mission School District

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- Teachers in the Shawnee Mission School District could soon get a raise.

The district and teachers union have reached a deal to give teachers a 0.65-percent salary raise, and the school board approved the contract Tuesday morning at the McEachen Administrative Center. Teachers will vote to ratify the salary raise next week.

The union president says the raises will cost the district $2.9-million more this year.

Teachers already at the top of their salary schedule will receive a one time stipend. The contract includes a stipend of $1,025 for teachers with a bachelor's degree and $1,375 for teachers with a master's degree or higher.

The agreement comes at an uncertain time for Kansas school districts. Lawmakers have until January to come to an agreement about the budget. Until then, educators can't plan for future budgets.

Teachers and the school board have been in negotiations about the contract since April when three top leaders in the district received big raises.