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Jan 15, 2013 7:05 PM by Cristy Aranguiz - KPAX News

MCPS raise for Apostle stirs emotions

MISSOULA - Some Missoula County Public Schools teachers are fired up over the renewal of Superintendent Alex Apostle's contract, a deal that will take his salary to $200,000 a year by 2015.

The Missoula County School Board held a special meeting on Monday evening to talk about Dr. Apostle's contract, and ended up voting 6-4 to give him a raise.

The new deal will take Apostle's salary from $155,000 to $175,000 for the current school year. Apostle's pay will then increase the following year by $10,000, and by 2015, he is slated to make $200,000 a year. That has some parents and teachers angry and confused.

"Just from the position he's in, I just can't understand. Why don't teachers, the people who are actually in the trenches, get the same kind of salary increase? It's just not justified to me," parent Larry Allen said.

One teacher we talked with said, "this is very much in opposition to conversations we've had about being a team of a district, that we all need to tighten our belts, that there was not extra dollars for any sort of substantial raise for teachers. In fact, we went from a .05% to a zero raise, and this year we had a 2% raise."

Apostle's deal adds up to 13% increase for this year. We did reach school board trustee Scott Bixler, who said the meeting was calm and respectful. He added while he fully supports Apostle, he voted against the raise.

A spokesman for Apostle said he would not comment on the matter. We have also sought comment from school board members, but so far have not heard back from any of them.

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