The Millard school board on Monday approved teacher pay raises and also changed the penalty for any student possessing a stun gun at school.
Teachers will receive, on average, raises of about 2.5 percent next year under the new one-year contract between the school district and the Millard Education Association. It takes effect Aug. 1.
The base salary for a teacher with a bachelor's degree will increase $575 to $36,275 a year. For a teacher with a master's degree, the base will be $43,223, up $863.
Overall, the total salary and benefits package for teachers is up 3.6 percent.
The contract specifies 193 teaching days for returning teachers and 195 days for new hires.
The board also voted to change the penalty for possession of a stun gun on school grounds. Instead of a mandatory one-year expulsion, the penalty for a student caught with a stun gun is expulsion for between 20 days and one year.
The change puts stun guns in the same category as paint ball, BB, pellet and airsoft guns.
Officials said the change was prompted by a court decision involving a student who had a stun gun in his car.
Superintendent Keith Lutz said the district would impose the stiffest penalty if a student used a stun gun on a teacher.