SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 News) – A nationwide teacher shortage is changing recruitment efforts by school districts to bring the best teachers home to Utah.
The Canyons School District is looking to increase teachers pay by $7,665. That would make an annual teachers salary $50,000.
The District says it fills on average 280 open teacher positions a year. Canyons School District hopes an increase in pay will get teachers to stick around.
Board President Nancy Tingey says, “By bringing salaries in line with those of other professionals in Utah, and making it possible for teachers to pursue their passion, and do what they’re good at while also earning a living wage.”
There are still some hurdles for the proposed teacher pay raise. “This will be made possible with a community investment in our teachers in the form of a property tax increase, which will be presented for approval at a required Truth-in-Taxation hearing in August,” Tingey adds.
A property tax would be required on each home in the district. Officials say the tax would mean residents would pay a little more than $12 a month, which would be an adjustment around $140 a year.
“All of the funds from the proposed property tax increase would go exclusively to teacher salaries,” Tingey says.