The 2014-2015 budget that will be presented to the Joplin R-8 Board of Education Monday night calls for salary increases for teachers, but they probably should not be planning any major purchases in the near future.
Teachers will receive increases of $200 to $300, but will not receive their salary schedule step increases. They will also be required to pay an extra $12 per month for their health insurance, according to the budget.
The raises for the Joplin teachers come a few short days after two other Jasper County school districts, both admittedly in much better financial condition than Joplin, gave larger increases to teachers who are already paid well above those in Joplin.
The June 18 Carthage Press reports that Carthage R-9 faculty will receive three percent pay increases, while the Webb City Sentinel reports that Webb City R-7 teachers, will receive two percent pay increases. Both school districts will also allow teachers to pick up their steps on the salary schedule.