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CPS Board approves pay increases for employees

The Columbia School Board has approved of salary increases for their employees for the upcoming school year.

The board approved contracts that were negotiated with teachers, parent educators, custodians and Superintendent Peter Stiepleman.

In the contract negotiated with the Columbia Missouri National Education Association, teachers will see a $330 increase to their base salaries. The base salary for a teacher for the 2017-2018 school year would be $32,445, compared to $32,115 this current year. Teachers with doctorate degrees will see a $3,000 increase.

Parent educators would only see an increase based on their experience. According to the collective bargaining agreement the increase would be $662. Minimum salary for a parent educator is $33,000.

Custodians would see a 30 cent increase in their pay per hour, starting at $10.30.

The board extended Superintendent Peter Stiepleman contract to June 2020. CPS Chief Financial Officer Linda Quinley told ABC 17 News Stiepleman currently makes $192,861 plus a travel allowance of $7,140, totaling $200,001. The board approved a 2 percent increase, totaling at $203,858.

The board also approved a construction bid for Grant Elementary School additions, which would help eliminate classrooms. The board approved the contract with Little Dixie Construction, which totals $5,521,730.00, the lowest of the six local bids.

The project is $1.3 million over budget. The board said at Monday night’s meeting due to the nature of the building and old structure, it’s understandable.

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