Trumann Schools faculty and staff receive first raise in six years

Friday, August 9, 2013

The Trumann Board of Education approved increases to salary schedules for faculty and staff at a special meeting Aug. 1.

According to Superintendent Myra Graham, each employee's salary will increase by at least $1,000. The school board approved a total of around $252,000 in salary increases. This is the first raise Trumann School personnel have received since 2007.

Graham told the board she felt every employee with the district should be making at least $9 an hour. Now, everyone employed by the district does.

"We pushed this to the very limit of what we could afford without harming the district," Graham said. "I think our employees need it and deserve it. They work incredibly hard, and it's been so long since they've gotten a raise. We have good people who work hard every day. We're glad to show our appreciation in a monetary form. I just wish it could be more."

The raises add approximately 3% to base salaries. Graham said she would present the new salary schedules to employees during a breakfast before the school year starts to show how she came up with the changes.

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