Just months before leaving as outgoing Superintendent, Michael Thurmond said, “Our highest budget priority is to increase salaries for our highly qualified veteran teachers.” The administration recommended the following three-tier salary increase to the board:
4 – 3 – 2 Plan : Teachers and Employees
|4%||Cost-Of-Living-adjustment (COLA) for all veteran teachers with 6 or more years of experience|
|3%||COLA increase to teachers with 0-5 years of experience|
|2%||COLA increase for all other employees|
How did that recommended increase stack up to other metro Atlanta school districts?
|School District||Cost of Living||Step Increases||Comments|
|DeKalb County School District||Teachers: 3%-4%
6-30 yrs 4%
5 yrs/less 3%
|Fulton County School District||Teachers: 4%-8%
-step 0-5 (4%)
-step 6-20 (8%)
-step 21 (4%)
|Yes**||Sign-on bonuses ($1,000-$2,500)|
|Cobb County School District||Teachers 4%||Yes**||Additional 1% salary added back, due to a cut that took place in 2010|
|Atlanta Public School District||None||No||Salary Study Proposal (no increases for any employee)|
|Gwinnett County School District||Teachers 2.5% plus schedule adjustment||Yes**||Additional 6.6 million dollars expended to adjust teacher salary schedule, to be more competitive.Increase starting salary for new teachers to be more competitive.|
**Step is worth an additional 3% in salary
Thank you, Stan, for another enlightening post. It would be interesting to see how the counties’ respective teacher vacancy rates compare.
As for Michael Thurmond’s “highest budget priority,” it’s worth noting that the finder’s fee we’re paying Intalage/Global increased from $11,500 last year to $12,500 this year – an 8.6% increase.
I’d also like to point out Michael Thurmond also told the AJC back in Feb 2013 “the search for a permanent superintendent would begin immediately and he would leave as soon as one is found.”