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INTRODUCTION

When are annual performance‐based raises awarded, and how much can I expect to earn? The new compensation structure provides teachers with an opportunity for performance-based salary increases AND additional pay options.

This is the initial phase of our full teacher compensation system, which will eventually expand to include teacher-leader and hybrid roles, as well as other opportunities for additional compensation beyond those outlined below.


BASE SALARY

  • Competitively benchmarked starting salaries, to which current teacher salaries will be leveled
  • Annual performance-based raises are available to all teachers, based on TEM scores
  • An elevated salary maximum of $73,000 is accessible to all teachers
  • When are annual performance‐based raises awarded, and how much can I expect to earn?

    Performance‐based raises will be awarded each year upon receipt of TEM scores, with raises retroactively effective to the first day of each school year. Raises based on 2016‐2017 performance will be awarded once TEM scores are reported for this year, and will be retroactive to the first day of the 2017‐2018 school year. All teachers are eligible for performance‐based increases up to the salary maximum of $73,000, with raise amounts determined by TEM score:

    TEM RATING Raise Amount
    5 $1,500
    4 $1,000
    3 $750
    2 $0
    1 $0
  • When does the new compensation system take effect?

    Salaries in the 2017-2018 school year will be based on the new system, with current teachers receiving performance-based raises based on their 2016-17 TEM score. New hires to the district will be placed onto the system’s starting salary scale:

    Years of Experience Starting Salary
    0 $43,000
    1 $44,000
    2 $45,000
    3 $46,000
    4 $47,000
    5 $48,000
    6 $49,000
    7 $50,000
    8 $51,000
    9 $52,000
    10 or more $53,000
  • What does this mean for my salary next year?

    Current teachers who are earning less than the new starting salary scale for their years of experience (teaching in SCS or another district) will receive leveling increases. In addition, all current teachers will receive raises based on their 2016-2017 TEM score. No teacher will receive a pay cut as a result of the transition to the new system.

  • Who receives leveling increases, and how are these calculated?

    Leveling increases are intended to bring current teachers’ salaries up into alignment with the starting salary scale for teachers new to SCS. Leveling is based on their years of experience in 2016-2017. Teachers will receive a leveling increase if their current salary is lower than the salary corresponding to their current years of experience on the new hire scale.

    Example: Kara has 9 years of teaching experience as of the beginning of 2016-2017 and earns a salary of $51,100. Her salary will be leveled up to $52,000, the starting salary for a teacher with 9 years of experience per the new scale. Kara receives a $900 leveling increase to bring her salary into alignment with the new hire scale.

    Leveling increases are not dependent on performance and will take effect at the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year. Teachers whose salaries already meet or exceed the $53,000 maximum starting salary step will not need to receive a leveling increase to bring their salaries into parity with the new scale. All teachers will be eligible to receive a performance-based raise going into 2017-18 based on their TEM score for 2016-17, regardless of whether they receive a leveling increase.

  • Why are leveling increases only awarded up to $53,000?

    The purpose of leveling is to bring current teacher salaries into alignment with the new system’s starting salary scale. Teachers whose salaries are already at or above $53,000 do not need to receive a leveling increase to reach parity with the new system, as their current salary is already aligned to the maximum step of the new starting salary scale ($53,000).

  • I have more than 10 years of experience but my salary is below $53,000. Will I get a leveling increase?

    Yes. Teachers with 10 or more years of experience whose current salaries are below $53,000 will receive leveling increases to bring their salaries up to $53,000 and into alignment with the new system.

  • My salary is already at or above $73,000. Do I get an increase in pay?

    Teachers whose current salaries meet or exceed $73,000 are no longer eligible for raises, but are eligible for additional compensation through the Veteran Performer bonus and other bonuses and stipends.


ADDITIONAL PAY

  • What is the new compensation system, and what does it include?

    The new compensation structure provides teachers with an opportunity for performance-based salary increases AND additional pay options. This is the initial phase of our full teacher compensation system, which will eventually expand to include teacher-leader and hybrid roles, as well as other opportunities for additional compensation beyond those outlined below.

    • Hard-to-staff subjectsMath, Science, Special Education
    • Job-related advanced degreesin Education, or in/directly related to the primary subject(s) taught
    • Veteran performersteachers who have reached the salary max
    • Other stipendsteachers who work in Critical Focus or iZone schools and teachers who coach and/or have a leadership role at their school
  • Who is eligible for the Veteran Performer bonus, and how much can they earn?

    Teachers who have reached the salary maximum of $73,000 and earn a TEM 4 or higher are eligible to receive an annual raise-equivalent bonus of:

    • TEM 5: $1,500
    • TEM 4: $1,000
  • If I receive a hard-to-staff subject stipend this year, will I always receive one assuming I continue to earn a TEM 4 or higher?

    Eligibility for the hard to staff subject stipend could change based on the recruitment needs of the District. Therefore, if your subject no longer falls into the “hard-to-staff” area, then you would no longer be eligible for the stipend.

  • Who is eligible for the job-related advanced degree stipend, and how is this stipend awarded?

    A job-related advanced degree is defined as an advanced degree that is directly related to either: the primary subject(s) taught by a teacher, or the practice of education itself. If a teacher (a) holds a job-related advanced degree, and (b) has not received any salary increases or credit for an advanced degree previously, he or she is eligible for the following for four years. Eligible teachers will receive the stipend for each year they earn a TEM 4 or 5 within the first four years following hire/placement into the new system, or degree receipt (for current teachers holding a BA/BS who will earn a job-related advanced degree in the future). This stipend is performance-dependent with amounts as follows:

    • Year 1: A $1,250 stipend award at the end of the first year, if earning a TEM 4 or 5
    • Year 2: A $1,250 stipend award at the end of the second year, if earning a TEM 4 or 5
    • Year 3: A $1,250 stipend award at the end of the third year, if earning a TEM 4 or 5
    • Year 4: A $1,250 stipend award at the end of the fourth year, if earning a TEM 4 or 5
  • Who is eligible for the other available stipends, and what are the stipend amounts?

    The District and various schools offer a wide variety of additional stipend opportunities for teachers. Opportunities are available for Critical Focus Schools, iZone schools, extended day programs, coaching and more. The eligibility requirements and stipend amounts may vary based on the need and specific school.


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