Hastings Public Schools increases their teacher pay

Hastings Public Schools increases their teacher pay
Published: Jan. 13, 2022 at 7:19 AM CST
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - During the Hastings Public School board meeting Monday, board members made an approval on a pay increase for their educators.

Any certificated teacher’s pay would increase by 4.25%.

After seeing their ranking with similar school districts, Superintendent Jeff Schneider said, that HPS ranked 11th out of 14 for the amount they pay their educators.

Schneider said they were appreciative of all the hard work the teachers had put in during these times.

“Our teachers have been under a lot of stress, it’s been a very difficult last two years, to say the least so, I’m thankful that we’re able to do this,” he noted.

Schneider added, this increase would allow the district a more competitive pay when compared with other districts — which he said was all the more important with the staffing shortage they’d been experiencing.

Hastings Education Association members had been trying to push to the wage increase for a number of years prior to the board approval. HEA President Deb Lyons said she was excited for the change.

“It’s going to be great to have just a little extra cash in your hands every month so, you know, it’s just nice to know that we’re taking a big bump and it also looks good when other new teachers are coming into Hastings and our base salary has increased to be more competitive with those around us,” Lyons said.

During the Monday board meeting, the members also decided to increase the pay to $30 per hour for any teacher filling in for a colleague when a substitute was unavailable.

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