Wages for North Platte public school teachers will be higher in the next school year, when a starting teacher will be paid $34,450.
The 2.2 percent pay raise is part of a new two-year salary agreement approved Tuesday by the North Platte school board.
This year, the starting base pay was $33,700.
Teachers will receive a modest 1-percent raise in the following year under the new agreement. In 2015-16, the first year base salary will increase 1 percent, or $500.
On the other end of the scale, a veteran teacher with a master's degree plus 45 hours of advanced education receives $72,690 next year and $73,745 the year after.
Also, teachers can earn an additional $1,034 - $6,890 per year for overseeing extra-curricular activities such as detention, prom, music or athletics. That represents a 1-percent increase in the top end, for football and basketball head coaches, and a 1 percent decrease on the bottom end, for first-year assistant coaches and a first year director of the band or of the orchestra.
For the first time, the negotiated agreement also includes a provision for grandparents. Employees can use two days of sick time and request up to five days of personal leave during the birth or adoption of a grandchild.
Also for the first time, employees will receive an extra 12.5 percent of their salary if they teach one more class beyond the normal load in their school building. Teachers will also get mileage reimbursement if they are required to use their car for school activities, not including trips to and from work.
On top of wages, full-time teachers also receive a flat $600 stipend per year -- an adjustment that began a year ago due to changes in health insurance.
And they receive sick pay, personal leave pay, time off for holidays and summers, money for health insurance and a nice retirement account.
Those benefits are not changed. They are:
• 10 days of paid leave per year for injury or illness.
• 3 days of personal leave a year.
• A single health insurance policy with a $500 deductible.
• or, 95% of the insurance cost in cash if the teacher does not want to enroll in the health insurance program.
And, 18.5 percent of their salary goes toward their retirement. Teachers pay nearly 10 percent of their salary into their retirement account, and the school district nearly matches it (8.778 percent.)
Required: Personal finance course
In other business, the board approved a new high school graduation requirement of five credit hours in personal finance. The credit hours required in social studies was lowered from 40 to 35 hours.
Also, the board accepted the following resignations, effective at the end of the school year: Trisha Hasty, Renae Sexson, Arliss Hraban, Coleen Clark and Weston Andre-Henn.