District 196 teachers, nurses get pay raises

Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan School teachers and nurses will receive pay increases this year.

On Sept. 9, the District 196 School Board unanimously approved a new two-year agreement with the Dakota County United Educators union that includes a 2 percent increase to the salary schedule each year. The union represents nearly 2,000 teachers and school nurses in the district, and ratified the tentative agreement Sept. 4.

Board Member Bob Schutte was absent from the meeting.

Teachers at the top step of pay will receive an additional 0.71 percent increase in the first year of the contract and an additional 0.6 percent in the second year.

Longevity pay for eligible employees will increase by a range of $63 to $190 in the first year, depending on the employee’s experience level, and by a range of $62 to $187 in the second year.

Under the contract, which is retroactive to July 1, 2013 and spans to June 30, 2015, a first-year teacher with a bachelor’s degree will earn $37,324. An experienced teacher with a master’s degree  at the top of the schedule will earn $68,194 in base salary and up to $7,183 in longevity pay.

The district also agreed to increase its contribution for health insurance premiums by 2 percent in the first year and 1 percent in the second year of the contract.

The pay increase is the first in two years. A contract passed in 2011 included pay freezes for all teachers and nurses in the first year and a 1 percent increase for top step salaries in the second year.