HANNIBAL | Certified staff and administrators in the Hannibal School District will see their pay increase in the upcoming school year.
During Wednesday night's meeting of the Hannibal Board of Education a 2% salary increase was approved for both certified staff, which includes teachers, and administrators.
The boost in pay comes on the heels of the state withholding funds for education, and with another withholding of state money to public schools expected in July.
“I don't feel like we are overextending ourselves,” said Superintendent Susan Johnson. “I also think we are being cautious knowing there are so many question marks in the future.”
According to Johnson, the increase raises the district's base salary for certified teacher from $35,009 to $35,709.
“It keeps as competitive, not just with our conference schools, but with our neighboring schools,” said Johnson. “We are not going to be at the top of the pile (salary-wise), but I think we will be very fair and equitable.”
Even before Wednesday night's action, certified personnel and administrators could still qualify for a pay hike due to their tenure and professional development advances.This year's 2% salary increase is identical to what was given in May 2019 after the school board voted in April of last year to maintain salaries at Johnson's request until the financial picture on the state level became clearer.
As for the district's support staff, it was given a raise in March that complies with minimum wage guidelines that are now in place in Missouri. Support staff salaries are to be at $10.20 an hour by Jan. 1, 2021.
The 2018 passage of Proposition B guarantees a steady rise in Missouri's minimum wage until it reaches $12 per hour in 2023.
While the minimum wage standards do not apply to school districts, Johnson has said previously that the Hannibal School District must keep pace if it wants to retain its support staff workers and be able to find adequate replacements when necessary.