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New Westminster teachers will have highest starting salary in Colorado

Westminster Public Schools and the Westminster Education Association gave tentative approval to a new contract.

WESTMINSTER, Colo. — A new contract will make starting teacher salaries in Westminster Public Schools (WPS) the highest paid in Colorado.

WPS and the Westminster Education Association (WEA) gave tentative approval to a two-year contract on Monday. WPS said the agreement is expected to be ratified quickly.

Under the proposal, Westminster's first year teachers will earn $60,935.

Current teachers will receive a 3% pay increase along with an increase tied to licensed steps and continuing education, according to a WPS press release. Year two of the contract provides a similar increase.

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WPS said the second year of the contract will allow teachers who have earned a doctorate degree to earn up to $120,000 a year. 

WPS Education Support Professionals (ESP) will receive a 3% pay increase. Last year, WPS raised the minimum wage to $20 an hour.

“This is a good agreement for our staff, our community and most importantly for our students,” said WPS Superintendent Pam Swanson.

“When the community approved our mill levy override in 2018, we promised taxpayers that we would focus on attracting and retaining high quality staff. This agreement does just that.”



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