DeKalb school chief proposes raises for all district employees

Michael Thurmond is proposing raises for all district employees. KENT D. JOHNSON/KDJOHNSON@AJC.COM

Michael Thurmond is proposing raises for all district employees. KENT D. JOHNSON/KDJOHNSON@AJC.COM

From DeKalb Schools:

Today, DeKalb County School District Superintendent Michael Thurmond in a presentation to the DeKalb Board of Education recommended a three-tier salary increase that emphasizes significant salary increases for veteran teachers for FY2015-2016. The proposed increases include:

  • 4 percent cost-of-living-adjustment (COLA) for all veteran teachers with 6 or more years of experience
  • 3 percent COLA increase to teachers with 0-5 years of experience; and,
  • 2 percent COLA increase for all other employees.

The salary increase recommendations for teachers and employees will add an estimated $20 million to the district budget for FY2015-2016.

“The past several years have created difficult economic circumstances for our employees and their families,” said Superintendent Michael Thurmond. “Our highest budget priority is to increase salaries for our highly qualified veteran teachers.”

In addition, an analysis of the salary and pay scale for the lowest paid employees will be conducted.

“The DeKalb County Board of Education recognizes the hard work and dedication of our teachers and employees during trying times,” said Dr. Melvin Johnson, chair of the DeKalb County Board of Education. “We stand ready to work with Superintendent Thurmond on a budget that fairly compensates them for their good work.”

The district budgeting process for FY2015-2016 includes the following schedule:

  • April 1 – Board of Education and public comment input
  • May 4 – Proposed budget and revenue projections presented to the Board
  • May 28 – Tentative budget published in The Champion
  • June 1 – Board adopts tentative budget and has first millage rate hearing
  • June 4 – Five-year millage rate history published in The Champion
  • June 17 – Final budget adoption vote and 2nd and 3rd millage hearings

 

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Hardendorf
Hardendorf

The term "teachers" applies only to educators who are evaluated under the TKES scheme.  It is not based on the results of their evaluation but only how they are evaluated. All other educators librarians, counselors, special ed, as well as specialist such as speech therapist will get only 2% regardless of tenure and the quality of their work.   Those who are evaluated under TKES  may get bonuses if the numbers work out in their favor.  Those with bad results still get the 4%.  The timing on this was evil as many in the non TKES group would have departed if they knew they were getting a smaller raise but the fine print for the raise was not released until contracts were in. DCSD has tricked us again.

dsw2contributor
dsw2contributor

"Veteran" teachers rated as "Needs Improvement" in all categories of their evaluations will get a 4% raise, while the Assistant Principals and Principals having to put up with those crappy teachers get a 2% COLA.


Dekalb parents should be very angry about this stupidity.

living-in-outdated-ed
living-in-outdated-ed

Another stupid decision by an unqualified Superintendent.  Let me explain.


Educator morale is likely low, and teachers should be given raises - at a minimum, for cost of living. HOWEVER, raises should be tied to performance, not to tenure.   This is the "outdated" approach to compensation and as such, Thurmond is again wasting taxpayer dollars.


Educators deserve to be paid higher salaries, but do it the right way.

Frstrtd_DeKalb_Parent
Frstrtd_DeKalb_Parent

Support employees should get the same increase as teachers.  There should also be a salary analysis of central office employees with limited increases based on position and required skill set and a cap for those employees who are already highly compensated.

Worker
Worker

Why not use the money to expand the jail for all of the Dekalk County employees convicted of crimes?

Infraredguy
Infraredguy

Why not raises, the way the DeKalb system works, you got to get it when you can otherwise another investigation will close that door