Colorado’s rural school districts getting pinched in the teacher salary game

Dan Porter is the assistant superintendent and the director of human resources for the Montezuma-Cortez school district in Cortez. Enlarge photo

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Dan Porter is the assistant superintendent and the director of human resources for the Montezuma-Cortez school district in Cortez.

Human resources director Dan Porter spent the summer like you’d imagine a man in his position would, trying hard to hire employees. He started the season looking to fill 30 vacant positions and replace five retirements.

It wouldn’t seem to be that unusual of a situation. After all, Colorado’s humming economy has sunk unemployment to a near record low, 2.4 percent as of July. It’s an employee’s job market, meaning employers have to do more to lure and keep talent.

Which is exactly the rub. Porter’s open jobs are in the Montezuma-Cortez School District. The No. 1 issue for this Four Corners district is pay. The starting salary?

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