IPS board approves $31M in raises for teachers, staff

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INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — The Indianapolis Public Schools Board approved a significant raise for teachers and other district employees at their meeting Tuesday.

In all, the board approved $31.2 million in spending for pay increases as they renewed two-year contracts with the Indianapolis Education Association and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.

The money will come from $31 million in the operating referendum approved by voters.

All teachers with performance reviews of satisfactory or better will receive the increase, which will be at least $2,600 a year. The maximum raise in the first year of the teachers' contract will be $9,400 and $4,200 in the second year.

The new pay ranges under the approved contract for teachers will be $45,200 to $82,800 in the first year and $47,800 to $90,000 in the second year.

“IPS is committed to ensuring our employees receive the best compensation possible to bring employees in line with market rate,” said IPS Superintendent Aleesia Johnson. “While we’re not where we want to be, we are moving in the right direction and will continue the push to reward our employees for the remarkable work they do to support the students and families of the district.”

In 2018, the board approved a 6.5 percent increase for first-year teachers and a 5 percent raise for a 10-year teacher.

Under the new AFSCME contract, worth an estimated $1.2 million, workers including custodial staff, bus drivers, food service workers and paraprofessionals will see raises, which are expected to take effect before the end of the year.