The Slater Board of Education met Thursday, April 17, to discuss board policy revisions and faculty salaries for the 2008-09 school year.
The board approved an $810 increase in base salary for teachers in the Slater school district.
The increase raises base salary to $27,810, which is a 3 percent pay raise from the previous 27,000.
However, Superintendent John McEachern expressed frustration that a bill to increase minimum teacher salary to 31,000 per year was not passed.
"If the state legislature would have done what they should have done we wouldn't be talking about this right now," said McEachern.
McEachern felt this $810 increase, along with providing medical insurance for the teachers (approved at April 11 meeting), was necessary to stay competitive with other Missouri schools.
A motion was also carried to institute board policy revisions recommended by the Missouri School Boards' Association (MSBA).
One of the changes will be the addition of a gifted program, which will require participating students to receive at least 150 minutes of instruction each week.
McEachern expressed the importance of catering to gifted students and offering them challenges on a daily basis.
"A lot of gifted students can get bored and quite easily become dropouts," he said.
The board also reported on several grants for which the district received approval.
An elementary academic achievement grant and a secondary transition grant will provide the district with $15,000 apiece.
Ike Skelton sent a letter to the board informing them of Slater's acceptance for the "We the People" grant.
"We the People," funded through the National Endowment of the Humanities (NEH), provides schools with literature that enables young people to develop a more thorough understanding of American history.