Local teachers react to the pay raise in the Joplin school district

Pay raises will take effect next year
Local teachers react to the pay raise in the Joplin school district

Joplin’s school district and representatives from the National Education Association have a new agreement to raise teacher salaries.

“I was very excited of course, who doesn’t want a raise?” said East Middle school drama teacher, Lara Stamper.

Pay raises will take effect next year and will be between $1,400 and $2,000. The raise is to hopefully make the Joplin school district comparable with other school districts.

Stamper thinks it’s a great way to attract more teachers to the area.

“I want Joplin to have the best teachers and the only way you can do that is to be more competitive and look at what the other school districts in the area are being paid because it does, we want to get the best teachers and one of the ways to do that is by offering better work conditions and a pay raise.”

A first year teacher with a Bachelor’s degree will get close $37,754, while the max salary will be at $60,561.

“I’m just pleased with whatever because I’m doing it more for the love of the kids, so I’m pleased with whatever we can get” said school counselor, Karen Sue Hensley

Salary levels increase as teachers gain higher levels of education or move further up in the step system.

Hensley believes everyone should want to further educate themselves.

“If you’re really wanting to continually improve yourself you’re going to want to go back and get your degree so that you can or an advanced degree because you’re basically turning around and putting it in to who you’re investing in any way into your kids that you teach.”

Implementing the pay raises will cost an estimated total of 1.15 Million dollars and will be put into the district budget for the 2020 school year.

“We know how important education is, we got into this field for a reason, and we want to make sure that we are compensated for our time, our effort, and our love of learning and love of teaching” added Stamper.