Dolores school board votes to give teachers a raise

Board also votes for new locks, doors

The Dolores School Board of Education approved adjustments in the budget Tuesday night, which included raises for teachers and $125,00 in new doors and lock systems.

"We applaud Mr. Coopers willingness to end the pay freeze," said Melanie Cook, middle school math teacher.

The decision, at the moment, will make Dolores teachers the highest paid in the county.

"We are bringing salaries up so that teachers in Dolores are paid at the level of our achievement," Cooper said.

Superintendent Scott Cooper explained that the schools needed more locks and new outside doors, something that was pushed to the forefront after the recent school shooting in Connecticut.

The new doors will have better working locks and the outside doors will have access with ID badges when locked.

"They will be much safer," Cooper said.

The will also be able to lock the doors remotely from inside the office.

In addition, the district will stop charging parents $75 a month for full-day kindergarten.