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Clear Lake School Board OKs raises for teachers, staff

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Full-time teachers within the Clear Lake Community School District will receive a raise next school year.

That comes after the Clear Lake School Board unanimously approved a tentative agreement for 2020-21 with the Clear Lake Education Association Tuesday evening.

The total package, including salary and insurance, equals a more than 4% increase, Superintendent Doug Gee said.

“I don’t know of any other district that’s at that high of a percentage for a full package, so it’s a very good raise,” he said. “They’ve been very good the last couple years in terms of being patient with us as we’ve gotten ourselves, as you can see, in a very good financial position.”

This is the second year the Clear Lake Education Association’s initial proposal nearly mirrored the School Board’s initial proposal.

Under the agreement, all current full-time equivalents will receive a $1,800 raise.

That raise is in addition to the $1,500, or 3.81%, increase to the base wages. A first-year teacher with a bachelor’s degree will make $40,881.

All supplemental, or extracurricular, positions will receive a $500 increase under the approved agreement.

The School Board has also approved salary increases for the district’s para-educators and support staff.

On March 31, the board unanimously approved the tentative agreement with the Teamsters and the Clear Lake Para-Educators.

Under the agreement, the minimum salary for a para-educator is $13 an hour. Current para-educators’ will be bumped up to $13 an hour or 50 cents an hour, whichever is greater.

District support staff, including custodians, food service employees and bus drivers, will receive wage increases between 3% and 5.5% after School Board action on Tuesday, Gee said.

Custodians will receive an additional 75 cents an hour.

Servers and dishwashers will receive 37-cent increase to their hourly wage, while cooks will receive a 40-cent increase and kitchen managers will receive 50 cents more an hour.

Bus drivers will receive an additional $50 a month or 40 cents an hour for hourly employees.

Gee said the district is able to grant the salary increases in 2020-21 without raising its property tax levy. 

On Tuesday, the School Board unanimously approved the fiscal year 2021 budget, including an overall tax rate of $10.39 per $1,000 taxable valuation. The tax rate has remained the same for four straight years. 

The raises are effective July 1, 2020, through June 30, 2021.

Reach Reporter Ashley Stewart at 641-421-0533. Follow her on Twitter at GGastewart.


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