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Ft. Zumwalt officials increase salaries, hire teachers without help from taxes

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O'FALLON, Mo (KMOV.com) – Officials in the Fort Zumwalt School District have decided to raise teachers' salaries and hire more educators despite voters' decision to not raise taxes.

Prop “B” was a property tax increase that would have allowed the Fort Zumwalt School District to give teachers a raise and hire more science, math, and engineering and technology teachers. However, voters vetoed the proposed increase. Many residents say they vetoed the proposal because they believe they are paying too much in taxes already. 

"I still feel that there is a need for the teachers, the educators, and particularly in the areas you're speaking about which is science, math, and technology which is the future of education and the future of our country," said Richard Lenger, a resident in O'Fallon. Lenger voted in favor for the tax increase.

Officials with the school district say they are not going to hire teachers the same way they planned of the proposal passed. Instead, they will be hiring special education teachers which they have to hire to meet federal guidelines. They also increased the salaries of teachers which raise a teacher's earnings as their experience grows. The increase in pay cost the district about 2.7 percent. If the proposition would have passed, the salary increases would have been greater, according to Fort Zumwalt Superintendent Dr. Bernard Dubray. 

Dubray says the district will continue looking for a way to increase teachers' salaries and hire more technology teachers. 

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