Canyons School Board approves pay raise for teachers

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Canyons School District Teacher of the Year Jessica Beus walks her class to lunch at Midvale Elementary on Wednesday April 24, 2019.

Teachers in Canyons School District will soon be among the highest paid teachers in Utah.

The Canyons Board of Education approved Tuesday a $50,000 starting wage for teachers this fall and a $7,665 annual raise for all certified teachers.

The school district is in the southeast part of the Salt Lake Valley and serves about 33,000 students.

District officials will conduct a public hearing in August on the property tax increase necessary for the raise — about $12 monthly on the average district home. The board will finalize its decision following the hearing.

It is the latest move in a brewing salary war among Utah school districts. Granite School District announced in April that it would increase its starting teacher salary to nearly $43,500.