Teachers in Bozeman will be seeing a little more in their paychecks

BOZEMAN- Bozeman teachers are getting a raise after the school board accepted their contract, according to Superintendent Robert Watson.

The pay increase was one of the items proposed in the collective bargaining negotiation done by the Bozeman Education Association.

The school says teachers will receive a 3% increase for the 2019-2020 academic year, and a 2% increase through 2020-2021.

Both Superintendent Rob Watson and Union President Tami Phillippi say it’s a fair pay raise.

The point of this pay increase is to keep Bozeman competitive and retain teachers.

Phillippi says the hope is that a pay increase will motivate teachers to stay in Bozeman.

“We want to retain and make sure we keep really high-quality teachers and we have to be competitive,” Phillippi said.

First-year teachers with a bachelor's degree will make $41,586 in 2020 and $42,418 in 2021.

Teachers with at least 10 years of experience and a master's degree will earn $62,185 at the start of 2021.

“We want to attract the very best teachers to Bozeman because we do great things here and we want good people here so the salary is a key component,” Phillippi said.

The full pay scale is available here.

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