A raise for teachers in the Keytesville School District has been approved by the Board of Education.  Click to hear KMZU’s Sarah Scott speak with Superintendent Tracy Bottoms:

Tracy Bottoms

Teachers will receive a $750 base pay raise.  The Board plans to approve a raise for support staff.  It will be determined at the next meeting.  They will take effect at the beginning of the next school year.

They are able to afford it because of the oil pipelines in the county.  As the pipelines are built in the District, it increases the value of the land, which brings more revenue to the schools.

Despite the increased income, the district still faces concerns because they are losing funding in other areas.  Bottoms says a large portion of the money for the Missouri Preschool Project has been eliminated, along with other programs.