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Mesa district approves 3% salary increase for all staff; Cowan declines incentive pay

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Posted: Wednesday, June 26, 2013 12:50 pm | Updated: 6:03 pm, Fri Jun 28, 2013.

All Mesa school district employees will receive a 3 percent increase in salary next school year.

The Mesa Unified School District governing board approved the salary schedule Tuesday. With the vote, a starting teacher in the district will earn $34,586 in base salary and can earn up to $2,857 in supplemental pay, funded by voter-approved initiatives.

Teachers will not move up on the salary schedule for years of experience, which has been the case for several years. But they may move up – and earn additional dollars – for completing education credits.

The district will see a small health insurance increase next fiscal year, which begins July 1. But the district will absorb those costs rather than pass them to employees.

Earlier this month, Superintendent Mike Cowan chose not to accept an annual pay increase or incentive dollars he has earned for performance – about $10,800. Cowan made the same decision last year.

Cowan was hired as superintendent in 2009. His base salary to lead the 62,000-student district remains at $180,000. His current contract, which began last year, expires June 30, 2015.

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