Steve Landeen, Deseret News
The Jordan School District will boost starting teachers' starting salary to $42,800 in the 2018-19 school year, up from $40,000 annually, under a newly adopted salary schedule.

WEST JORDAN — The Jordan School District plans to boost starting teachers' salary to $42,800 annually in the 2018-19 school year, up from $40,000, under an agreement approved by the school board.

The school district announced the schedule late last week after the Jordan School District Board of Education ratified a negotiated working agreement with the Jordan Education Association. The agreement must also be ratified by association members, said JEA president Vicki Olsen.

In sum, the school district has agreed to invest $19 million in educator pay raises in the next school year, providing all teachers "a $3,675 raise when they factor in their step increase," a fact sheet from the school district states.

Under the agreement, Jordan School District would set aside $3 million for a new initiative intended to reward "exemplary work." Educators would be able to apply for grants up to $3,000 each.

The agreement also would increase mentor teacher pay, compensates elementary school teachers for parking lot duty and increases stipends paid to teachers who give up their prep time and teach an extra period.

"This is an ongoing, long-term commitment to improve teacher salaries," the statement by the school district said.

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The school district employs 2,762 teachers who serve 53,519 students. It is the state's fourth largest school district and one of the fastest growing statewide.

Jordan School District has 59 schools and "due to rapid growth, five new schools will open in the 2019-20 school year," the statement said.

Correction: An earlier version inferred contract negotiations between Jordan School District and the Jordan Education Association are final. Teacher union members have not yet ratified the agreement.