IPS Gives Raises to Teachers, Service Workers
INDIANAPOLIS -- A year after voters approved a referendum to raise taxes for operating costs, the Indianapolis Public School Board on Tuesday night approved raises for teachers and service workers.
The raises total more than $31 million and would take effect by year’s end. Teacher and union bargaining chair Tina Ahlgren said this will help the district keep some of its best educators.
"Our teachers always want to be here, but sometimes they can't always make that decision when it comes down to there family," Ahlgren said. "Every IPS student will benefit from this community investment."
Services workers with the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees would receive salaries of up to 7.4%.
A visual presentation to the board indicated teachers the minimum starting salary would be $45,200 in the first year and $47,800 in the second year. The maximum salary would be $82,800 in the first year and $90,000 in the second year.
Indianapolis Public Schools board President Michael O'Connor is glad to have signed off on the pay increase last night. He said it's "the largest pay increase in the history of this district."