D-11 Says Raises A Long Time Coming

A spokesperson for Colorado Springs District 11 says the plan to give teachers and other district employees a raise has been a long time in the making.

The school board approved the multi-million dollar plan Wednesday following months of negotiations.

Under the plan, teachers will receive a 4 percent bonus, paid out over two installments, while executive employees such as principals will get a 1 percent raise. Staff members like janitors, bus drivers and secretaries will receive an extra 10 cents per hour.

The district says this is meant to be a morale booster for teachers, who haven't had a raise in four years due to budget cuts.

The compensation package will cost the district more than $9 million.