Coeur d’Alene trustees approve contract

Coeur d’Alene teachers and trustees have a contract agreement for 2022-23, which will provide pay raises of 3.25%.

The school board agreed on the contract Monday, the Coeur d’Alene Press reported.

This average pay raise falls below several other large districts. West Ada’s average raise will be 6.28%, Boise’s average wage will be 4.5%, Nampa’s base salary will increase by 3.75%, and Twin Falls will award raises and one-time stipends that could translate to 8% to 9% raises.

This year, the Legislature put a 10% infusion of state and federal dollars into the teacher salary schedule — although districts and charters negotiate their own teacher contracts. Given the Legislature’s actions, union members were initially “not very happy” with the 3.25% offer, Coeur d’Alene Education Association President Aaron Hayes told the Coeur d’Alene Press.

But Hayes said the district added several other features to the contract — such as funding a teacher leadership premiums program eliminated by the Legislature.

Coeur d’Alene teachers could also receive another 1% raise if voters approve a 10-year, $80 million plant facilities levy on Aug. 30. That levy would free up extra money for salaries, by covering building needs.

Kevin Richert

Kevin Richert

Senior reporter and blogger Kevin Richert specializes in education politics and education policy. He has more than 30 years of experience in Idaho journalism. He is a frequent guest on "Idaho Reports" on Idaho Public Television and "Idaho Matters" on Boise State Public Radio. Follow Kevin on Twitter: @KevinRichert. He can be reached at [email protected]

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