Despite lean times for school districts statewide, the Board of Education approved a cost-of-living salary increase for teachers this week, retroactive to July 1, 2004. The actual percentage raise for individuals will vary. The Long Beach Unified School District agreed to restructure parts of the salary schedule for certain classifications of teachers, depending upon years of experience and college education levels. Most teachers received a 2.56 percent raise, but some, with higher degrees and more education, get a 1.11 percent raise and, starting this month, move to a higher schedule. Lump sum checks to pay the retroactive amount earned will be issued by June 10. If you have questions about your salary adjustments, contact your payroll clerk. For more information, visit the Employee Relations web page.