The Lawrence school board will vote in coming weeks on an average 3.6 percent raise for teachers.
The Lawrence school district and its teacher association reached a tentative agreement Friday that would mean:
- A Lawrence teacher with 10 years experience and a master's degree would get a $600 raise for the 1995-96 academic year.
- The average homeowner would pay about $20 more in property taxes next year to pay for the raises.
"I think everyone is real happy that we have an agreement, that we can start the school year without any hard feelings," said Craig Fiegel, assistant superintendent of administrative services.
The Lawrence school board and a majority of the teachers must vote to finalize the agreement. The school board will take up the item July 17, and the Lawrence Education Assn. hopes to organize a teacher vote sometime within the next week.
Kim Henrichs, negotiator for the teacher association, said the district and the association avoided outside mediation when the district agreed to spell out how much time teachers at various grade levels were expected to be teaching or preparing lessons.
"That's a major accomplishment," he said.
Previous contract language about the "duty day" had been vague, he said, especially in light of new schedules at the junior high and high school levels.
The agreement raises by 1.93 percent the district's base salary, which is used as a guide for every teacher's pay.
As teachers gain experience and education, they move up a salary schedule. The agreement gives a teacher with average experience a 3.6 percent raise. Classified employees will receive a 3.8 percent raise.
All told, the raises will cost an extra $925,000, a 3.8 percent increase in the personnel budget. That translates to about 2 mills in additional property taxes. A mill is $1 of tax for every $1,000 in a property's assessed value.
A huge slice of the school budget -- about 80 percent -- goes toward salary and benefits.