With the start of the school year, the average teacher salary in the Lake Havasu Unified School District is on the rise.
For 2018-19, average teacher pay in Lake Havasu City schools is $44,206, up slightly more than $4,000 from last year, which includes increases in state funding.
The increase follows a commitment by Gov. Doug Ducey and the Arizona Legislature to increase teacher pay by as much as 10 percent this year, with a goal of reaching a 20 percent increase by 2020.
“This does not include benefits, it doesn’t include coaching stipends,” said Michael Murray, LHUSD director of business services.
Murray said district eyes are on the state Legislature. A vote to sweep funding would result in local consequences, he said. Without the state funding, the school district won’t be able to provide a 20 percent increase in two years, he said.
“I can’t speak for all school districts, but I don’t see where that can happen,” Murray said. “The only way this happened with us and other districts across the state is because we received an increase in our base level for salaries.”
Also not calculated in the average salary is teachers who qualify to receive 100 percent of Proposition 301 funding because that amount fluctuates from year to year with changes in student enrollment and the number of eligible teachers. Prop. 301 was a voter-approved ballot initiative in 2000 and recently renewed by the state Legislature for 20 years that created a sales tax to support education, with 40 percent of the money going to teacher performance pay. Murray said he expects the Prop. 301 money to be about the same this school year as it was for the previous year, meaning eligible teachers will make an average of $51,207.
Teachers will receive 301 payments in November, March and June 2019.
For more information or assistance, contact Governor Ducey's press office: (602) 542-1342.