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Teachers in the South Callaway R-2 and Fulton-58 school districts will see a pay boost.

South Callaway Board of Education members authorized adding $500 to the base rate for certified teachers in the 2019-20 school year during Wednesday’s board meeting, according to information provided by Superintendent Kevin Hillman.

This is the district’s highest single-year raise in 10 years, Hillman said.

Changes were also authorized to the insurance program. Employees who participate have been asked to get a yearly physical and register in a wellness program. Non-participating employees will face an extra $25 monthly charge for coverage.

Fulton Public Schools Board of Education members also approved changes to staff and faculty pay for fiscal year 2020 at a Wednesday meeting.

The approved plan adds $200 to the base pay for the salary schedule and implements the statewide $9.45 minimum wage for eligible staff members.

Superintendent Jacque Cowherd noted this doesn’t mean the district will automatically continue to increase hourly wages based on the recently passed Proposition B, which calls for a $12 minimum wage by 2023.

“If we keep increasing it by 85 cents per year, we’ll need to have an operating levy in two years,” he said, “a significant one.”

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