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Bigger paychecks coming for Ada teachers

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Teachers at Ada schools are getting a big pay bump. (KTEN) Teachers at Ada schools are getting a big pay bump. (KTEN)

ADA, Okla. -- Ada teachers can expect a pay raise for the upcoming school year.

On top of the $6,000 hike approved by the state earlier this year, Ada City Schools will be giving their educators an extra $1,500 on average.

Superintendent Mike Anderson said the additional income is well deserved.

"The fact that we were previously paying above the minimum requires us to pay the raise on top of that as well," he said. "There was never any consideration that we were going to go backwards. The teachers deserve the raise that was approved and voted for."

The pay hike had been in jeopardy after a petition drive sought to rescind it. 

"When the Supreme Court ruled that the protest was valid and the petition was not, then we felt comfortable to go ahead and certify and approve our salary schedule with the raise included," Anderson said.

Anderson hopes to install an experience-based tier system of pay for teachers in the future.

"While we're grateful for where we are, and what was done last spring, I want everybody to continue working to make it even better," he said.

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