Last night, voters approved a pair of levies that will give teachers and staff in the capital city one of the highest salaries for educators in the state.
Because of budget cuts and bond issues over the past couple of years, Helena teachers agreed to not ask for an increase in salary in order to maintain essential services.
However, the levy passage has paved the way for the pay boost and now, all teachers will receive a 1.5 percent raise.
"This is all about relationships and if we have developed good relationships with our staff, and with negotiations with that. We find our way, we find solutions that are affordable and we're able to do what we can do here,” said Jack Copps, Superintendent of Helena Public Schools.
When the district was working to pass a 63 million dollar bond to build three new elementary schools last may, teachers and staff voluntarily took a pay freeze to free up resources.
Copps says he's glad the district can offer this small stipend in return for teacher's sacrifices.