ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – Lindbergh teachers had the most supporters at Tuesday night’s school board meeting but they did not have the votes among board members. Educators efforts to get a bigger pay raised failed. The board did approve a 1.25% pay raise.
Teachers and their supporters turned out in force to protest long before the meeting began.
Lindbergh typically ranks near the top of the list when it comes to academics. But teachers said their salaries are much lower than other districts.
The school board says the district’s enrollment is growing faster than the revenue coming in.
They insisted they don’t have the money for a larger raise. One parent spoke in support of the teachers, “This is ridiculous that our superintendent is making more than Kirkwood or Webster and yet you’re not willing to give up for your teachers you would not be a number one school if it was not for our teachers.”
Kara Horton a former school board member spoke in favor of the board offer, “I have heard people suggest that the raise be funded out of the reserves. This suggestion has no merit. You cannot fund an ongoing obligation with funding that is not replenished by a regular source of revenue.”
An unusual vote occurred at the end of the meeting. The board decided to allow teachers to decide how to divide up the pay raise even though it was already determined. Any changes will hurt some educators while others will get more cash. It will be interesting to see what happens with that move.