TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Teachers in Topeka's Seaman district head back to class with a pay increase.
The USD 345 board approved a contract Monday night that includes a 2.5 percent increase in compensation for teachers.
Te board also approved a budget which raises the district's property tax levy 1.6 mils. Superintendent Mike Mathes says he believes that's a bargain. He says the district has roofs that need to be replaced, HVAC systems that need to be repaired, new technology to upgrade, and many other things that were put off during the recession and now need to be done.
The Seaman district begins the school year Thursday. Mathes says the district is rolling out a classroom technology project this year which will give every student access to laptops and iPads. He says it means rather than having technology in the classroom a few minutes every day, it will be in the classroom all day, every day.