Salary hike:

Better pay is the only way to retain, attract quality staff

When the Kansas Legislature finally put an end to the disastrous block grant program for public education, it was good to see the Scott County school district, among others, putting a good portion of the additional money where it belongs - into its people.

The Scott County school district has given all of its staff a 5.7 percent salary increase for the current school year which is in addition to a boost in coverage for health insurance. The 5.7 percent increase is on the higher end of pay hikes we’ve seen given by districts across the state.

It follows on the heels of two and one percent increases in the two previous fiscal years. Kansas districts had their hands tied during the last two budget years by the legislature’s misguided decision to freeze education funding while lawmakers wrestled with a new finance formula. The ensuing block grant program was a ruse to control spending because Gov. Sam Brownback and ultraconservative legislators refused to acknowledge their tax cut plan was crippling the state.


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Scott City, KS 67871

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