Jeffco Board of Education approves pay raises for educators

Andrew Fraieli
afraieli@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 8/25/22

The Jefferson County School District and Jefferson County Education Association — which represents educators in the district — came to a tentative agreement on salary increases, among other changes, after outside mediation with the Board of Education approving the agreement on Aug. 19.

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Jeffco Board of Education approves pay raises for educators

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The Jefferson County School District and Jefferson County Education Association — which represents educators in the district — came to a tentative agreement on salary increases, among other changes, after outside mediation with the Board of Education approving the agreement on Aug. 19.

Approved for the 2022-2023 school year, the agreement raises the minimum salary of a new educator to $50,000, creates a higher maximum salary of $100,209, generally increases salaries for various pay grades in between and gives every educator a minimum $3,000 raise.

“This does eliminate some of the stresses that were facing our Jeffco educators that couldn’t afford to live where they taught, so we’re very happy with that,” said JCEA President Brooke Williams. It also makes the district more competitive with others, attracting more educators, she continued.

Beyond salary changes, the District and JCEA created a memo of understanding agreeing to address some further issues for the 2022-2023 school year regarding mental health. 

This memo is meant to be an agreement to collaborate on creating structures to keep students and staff safe, according to Phil Bedford, executive director of employee relations for the district.

This includes identifying problems with retaining and recruiting mental health professionals in the district, considering solutions for workload issues for them, and identifying “evidence-based professional learning and/or resources from the District to better improve student and staff safety,” according to the negotiation agreement.

Williams elaborated that “education has been underfunded for so long that those needs have continued to grow and we haven’t been able to afford to address them, so it was really important that we got language that addresses the needs of our students.”

Another main point of negotiation was work hours for planning time for elementary school teachers, Bedford said, and they were able to create three extra work days for kindergarten through fifth grade teachers.

“It’s really about getting what’s best for the students,” Williams said. “Giving them the best public education experience possible. It’s not just about educators alone.”

The resolution passed with the 2nd Vice President of the Board of Education Susan Miller being the only dissenting vote.

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