Mehlville ratifies teacher MOU, includes Prop E salary increases


A Rogers Elementary teacher on the first day of school in August 2020 teaches virtually.

By Erin Achenbach, News Editor

The Mehlville Board of Education unanimously adopted the memorandum of understanding, or MOU, between the Mehlville School District and its teachers May 4.

According to Superintendent Chris Gaines, there were a few substantial changes to the MOU this year, the most notable being a $4,500 teacher base pay increase thanks to the passage of Proposition E, 31-cent tax rate increase, in April.

Salary tiers were also changed to make the middle and back end of the district’s salary schedule “a little bit more competitive,” said Gaines.

“We fulfilled what we laid out in Prop E for teacher salaries,” Gaines said.

Other changes include allowing teachers to have a remote teacher work day, most likely sometime in January, as well as simplifying the perfect attendance incentive for human resources.

“I would like to thank the negotiating teams … This is a pretty big thing that’s happening here,” Board President Peggy Hassler said. “Thanks to the voters for passing Prop E. It’s huge in my opinion and it’s the right thing to do to support our employees. That’s what we promised during Prop E. So good for everyone for getting where we are.”

Teacher contracts were slated to go out by Friday.