CFSD Raises Base Salary to $50K for First-Year Teachers

Desert Leaf, June 2023, David Hatfield

“Raising teachers’ salaries has been our budget priority for decades,” said CFSD Superintendent Mary Kamerzell. “That said, if we had the resources, we would love to add at least $10,000 per teacher immediately. Perhaps the Legislature and Governor will…add state funding earmarked for teacher pay raises.”

Board President Eileen Jackson said she has no intention to ask for the nondiscrimination policy and practices regarding trans students to be slated on a school board agenda. The only other option to place the item on the agenda would be for two of the four other board members to request it, but none has expressed an interest in doing so. She reiterated that much of what speakers at the school board meetings have suggested is contrary to law. “Equally – and maybe more – important to me is the fact that our practices are supported by reputable research on the positive effects of gender affirming practices on the physical, mental, and emotional health of our students.”