Ogden board, teacher association OK 5.7% teacher pay hike

Ogden board, teacher association OK 5.7% teacher pay hike

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OGDEN — Pay for teachers in the Ogden School District will go up 5.7 percent and starting pay for educators is climbing to $45,472 under an agreement approved by the district school board and ratified by members of the Ogden Education Association.

The agreement was put to a vote of the members of the Ogden Education Association Tuesday afternoon and was approved, Ogden Education Association President Clay Kirkham confirmed in an email.

Jessica Bennington, Ogden School District's executive director of human resources, said the district's teachers "are the heart of student achievement. We are incredibly proud to work for a school board that recognizes their impact."

The bargaining process "allowed us to discuss common interests with a specific goal to retain and recruit the very best educators for the students of Ogden School District," Bennington said in a prepared statement.

The new educator salary schedule will take effect in the 2019-20 school year. The total pay raise is $3,300 annually.

The agreement also includes two additional days in the contract for educator planning and preparation.

Ogden School District includes 20 schools that educate approximately 12,000 students. More than 56 percent of Ogden students are ethnic minorities and 75 percent come from low-income homes.

Email: marjorie@deseretnews.com

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