Days before a scheduled strike vote in late February, St. Paul teachers reached a tentative deal on a new contract. Overall, teachers will receive an 8.6% increase in pay and benefits over two years. Pay for all teachers will rise 2.25% in the contract’s first year with a 2% increase the second. Teachers in the higher pay classifications will receive an additional 1% increase each year. The district also agreed to limits on class sizes.
In all, the new contract will cost $33 million.
The contract calls for the creation of 42 new support positions, including additional media specialists, elementary school counselors, school social workers and nurses. The deal requires $6 million to pay for additional 4-year-old pre-K slots.
Currently, the average St. Paul teacher earns $68,436 annually. With benefits, the district pays about $92,000 per teacher.