Lindbergh students call walk-out for higher teacher salaries, fair treatment

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SOUTH COUNTY, MO (KTVI)- Finals aren`t the only thing on the minds of Lindbergh High School students this week. Some are planning a walkout this morning to support higher salaries for teachers in the district. The demonstration is slated to take place outside of Lindbergh High School on Lindbergh Boulevard in south St. Louis County around 9 a.m.

Concerns over teacher pay in this district have apparently been ongoing for some time. There are a lot of social media postings about the planned walkout. Students involved with it say teachers in this academically high performing district deserve to be paid more and treated better.

At a meeting with the school board a week ago about the budget for the upcoming school year, Assistant District Superintendent Charles Triplett admitted that Lindbergh salaries have not kept up with neighboring districts and that district leaders are trying to work on that while spending only what is available. Triplett contends that over the past two years, Lindbergh`s teachers and staff have received the highest percentage pay increases in St. Louis County at eight and a half percent.

In the proposed budget for the 2016-2017 school year, Triplett says staff members would receive raises of 1.25 percent.

The Lindbergh High School principal tweeted a message about the walkout saying that he met with two of the students who are helping to organize the walkout.

"Our priority is to make sure students are safe and that they get back to class when the protest is over. Students will be allowed to return to class without punishment as long as they don`t stay out there too long. We would like to see everyone practice their right to demonstrate but to then go back to class when the demonstration is over."

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