TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona's second largest school district will give raises to teachers and one-time stipends to support staff.

The board of the Tucson Unified School District this week signed off on nearly $6 million in funding for raises in its more than $552 million budget for the next school year.

New teachers in the district will make $40,200 — an increase of about $1,500 from the starting pay last year. Pay for other teachers will also increase by about $1,500.

The raises come after the state increased the base-level spending formula by about $112 per student. The formula change was intended give teachers a 5% raise, but the state based the raise calculations on 2017 salaries and did not account for non-teaching personnel.

"They didn't provide the funding for everyone, so this district won't see a true 5% raise because we're sharing that 5% among all the ed-support professionals," Tucson Education Association President Margaret Chaney told KVOA-TV .

Employees such as custodians, teaching assistants, nurses and secretaries will get one-time stipends of $350, the district's executive director of financial services, Renee Weatherless, told the Arizona Daily Star .

The district's occupational therapists, physical therapists and speech-language pathologists will receive 1% step increases, so the amount will vary depending on the individual's experience.

Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Recommended for you

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.