The Aspen School District has announced a new salary structure for teachers that raises pay by more than 5 percent for the upcoming school year.
The new structure increases the starting salary by $1,200 to $42,000. That’s the third-highest entry pay in the state, according to the district. It also raises the dollar amount that teachers receive when they earn advanced degrees.
It is a change from the former system, where teachers received set raises based on years of experience and graduate credits. Now, the teachers’ association will negotiate a percentage increase every year.
The new pay structure was approved by nearly 94 percent of teachers; this is first time the district has updated salaries since 2006.