Shawnee Mission teachers demand higher pay, smaller classes

November 12, 2019 - 6:36 am

SHAWNEE, Kan. -- Shawnee Mission School District teachers say they want a higher salary and smaller class sizes.

Teachers voiced their needs at a board of education meeting Monday night.

David Smith, spokesman for the Shawnee Mission School District, said teachers have received a three percent pay increase every year.

"We really value our teachers," Smith said. "We have the highest-paid average teacher salary in the state. And that's intentional, because we can't do this without the teachers."

Teachers in the Shawnee Mission District are the highest paid in the state of Kansas, but say that their salary has not kept up with the cost of living.

Linda Sieck, president of the Shawnee Mission Teachers Union, said that living expenses outpace current teacher salaries.

"When your salary has not at all kept up with the cost of living, that has been a real struggle for our teachers," Sieck said.

The teachers union and district have not been able to reach an agreement on contracts for next year. Negotiations haven't dragged on this long since 1998. 

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