The Elkhorn school board on Monday approved a two-year salary and benefits package for teachers that includes a $1,000 increase in the base salary.
The base will increase from $31,110 to $32,110 for the 2014-15 school year.
Superintendent Steve Baker said, however, that the district doesn't start newly graduated teachers at the base salary but at 1.08 percent of the base salary, which next year will work out to $34,678.
Under the two-year package, teachers' total compensation — salary and benefits — will increase 4.55 percent next year and 3.75 percent in 2015-16.
The agreement includes an additional day of instruction time, which, in effect, brings the first year's increase to 4 percent, Baker said.
Board President John Marasco said the package makes up for lesser increases in recent years.
Elkhorn teachers received increases in total compensation of 3.5 percent for the current year and 3.26 percent in 2012-13. The year before, the increase was 2.2 percent, most of which went toward retirement contributions and health insurance costs.
Marasco said the new two-year package was fair.
“We ask a lot from our teachers, and we get a lot from our teachers,” he said.