Higher Salaries Draw Idaho Teachers To Wyoming - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Higher Salaries Draw Idaho Teachers To Wyoming

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) - Gary Dustin liked being a teacher in Jefferson Joint School District 251, and he liked being a part of the community in eastern Idaho's Rigby.

But he says he wanted to provide for his family, so the Rigby Junior High School teacher made the move to Star Valley High School in Afton, Wyo., where his pay jumped by $25,000 to $57,000 a year.

The Post Register reports that Dustin has several colleagues in eastern Idaho who have done the same, lured by bigger paychecks.

Marjean McConnell, the human resources director for Bonneville Joint School District 93 in eastern Idaho, says she tries to focus on the recreation and lifestyle opportunities of the region when recruiting new teachers. But she says competing with Wyoming is a challenge for everyone.
 
      
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