Monday night, the Bozeman School Board voted unanimously to approve raises for administrators. We sat down with Superintendent Rob Watson to get the facts on why these raises are happening now.
He explained one reason for the raises is to make sure Bozeman maintains a competitive salary among teachers in the state of Montana. The superintendent himself was included in the most recent round.
We learned before the 2.5-percent raise, Watson made $135,000 with a 2-year contract. After the raise it is about $138,500.
"My particular raise is not a decision that I make, it is a decision the school board makes so it comes from the school board and is voted on by the school board. I didn't have any vote or any say on what it was," said superintendent Watson.
Just last month, the Bozeman school board approved a new 2-year teachers' contract.
We looked up details and found teachers will get a 3-percent increase in base salary July 1, and a 2-percent increase for the 2014-15 school year.
That deal will cost the district just over $1.6 million over the next two years, and puts a teacher's starting wage at $37,800.