Seeing gap with other metro districts, DeKalb school board approves raises today

I haven’t written much about teacher raises in the last few years that didn’t involve the word “no,” as in there will be no raises, no one is getting a raise or there’s no money.

That appears to be changing.

Today, the DeKalb school board approved Superintendent Steve Green’s proposal to increase salaries for teachers, principals, and other certified school-based personnel.

The board also approved the first phase of a reorganization proposed by Green that includes a new human resources chief, now called chief human capital officer. Here is Leo T. Brown‘s résumé. He comes to DeKalb from Emory Healthcare.

In a statement, the district says the reorganization will create a “decentralized – flatter – organization that will be customer friendly. It will provide greater transparency, a quicker response, more accessibility and better communication. ”

About the raises, the district said:

The Board approved an appropriation of $10.8 million for FY2016, or $21.5 million on an annualized basis, for the pay raises. Affected employees will experience the salary adjustments in the January 15, 2016, paycheck.  More than 8,700 employees including 6,000 teachers will receive the pay raises.

Based on an extensive analysis of five metro Atlanta school districts, not including Atlanta Public Schools, it was found that the District salary schedule was well below the metro average for teachers with 7-17 years of completed experience, which is also the experience range with the most teacher attrition.  These teachers will receive a pay raise that brings them to the metro average.  All other teachers will receive a two percent raise.

DeKalb superintendent on raises: "Our primary focus is improving the academic performance of students. With these salary adjustments we are making an investment in the quality of teaching and learning in our schools.”

DeKalb Superintendent Steve Green on raises: “Our primary focus is improving the academic performance of students. With these salary adjustments we are making an investment in the quality of teaching and learning in our schools.”

High school principals will receive a five percent raise; principals in middle schools a three percent raise; and elementary school principals will receive a two percent raise.

Salaries for certified pre-K teachers will be added to the District teacher salary schedule and adjusted based on levels of experience and certification.  DeKalb certified pre-K teachers will become the only certified pre-K teachers in metro Atlanta on the same salary schedule as other teachers.

Other school-based instructional personnel who will receive pay raises include: media specialists, counselors, psychologists, lead teacher for Special Education, social workers, academic coaches, and instructional specialists.

Instructional paraprofessionals on Tier 6 and above on DeKalb’s paraprofessional salary schedule will receive a two percent pay raise.  Paraprofessionals on Tiers 1-5 will receive a one percent pay raise.

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dsw2contributor
dsw2contributor

My understanding is that Leo T. Brown and Steven Green are fraternity brothers in Kappa Alpha Psi.

According to Mr. Brown's resume, his only public education experience was a year working for Mr. Green in Kansas City.


ErnestB
ErnestB

This is a continued sign of recovering from the recession .  First the furlough days were eliminated, now they are making the necessary adjustments to the salary schedule.  This will better help DeKalb compete in both retaining and attracting good teachers.


Addressing compensation is one part of the equation.  I look forward to hearing strategies for addressing class sizes and discipline, among other concerns.  Coming up with solution for both will help make a positive impact on the overall school climate.

Latarsha Hammond Croom
Latarsha Hammond Croom

I am LIVID right now. What about the personnel that actually RUNS the schools, offices, etc. Making sure everyone gets paid, making sure everything is in place for operations, making sure everybody is doing what they are supposed to be doing and being where they are supposed to be and the list goes on and on and on and on.   This is soooooooooooooo not fair. We were affected by not getting a raise for all those years just like principals, asst. principals, counselors, teachers, media specialists, etc.  A lot of us have been employed over fifteen-twenty years with DeKalb County School System.  It is not fair.  If I am wrong, please correct me!!!!!

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

"Today, the DeKalb school board approved Superintendent Steve Green’s proposal to increase salaries for teachers, principals, and other certified school-based personnel."

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I continue to support the efforts of DeKalb County School System's new Superintendent of Schools, Steve Green.  Increase in teachers' salaries and/or benefits shows respect for teachers.

I, also, continue to believe in the school system in Georgia to which I gave 29 years of my 35 years in teaching.  What is more important than falling down is getting up from one's failures to continue seeking success.  Bravo and Brava to the efforts of the leaders and employees of the DCSS, which will be reflected, soon enough, in students' success and a stable and prosperous community. My heart remains with you all.

Packerman
Packerman

My wife has worked as an admin in the counseling office at one of the best high schools in Dekalb for 8 years and had 1 raise. She got excluded again from this round of raises, yet again. She easily works 50-55 hours per week (without being paid overtime as she should be). She is so dedicated to the school I can't get her to go back into healthcare where she'd make way more money. The DeKalb Board of Education needs to reward the hard working staff they excluded from this raise. These staff have expenses that go up each year like everyone else. Healthcare used to be a great benefit through the DeKalb System and it's terrible and very costly now.

Frstrtd_DeKalb_Parent
Frstrtd_DeKalb_Parent

What about the other big decisions - Destiny and Chamblee charter renewals and the employee contribution match?

Deedrick
Deedrick

they should ALL get raises................after how good a job they're doing with county children !

MaureenDowney
MaureenDowney moderator

A  DeKalb teacher sent me a note about the raises approved yesterday by the school board, saying there were really overdue compensation. She notes that DeKalb teachers often have to cover absent colleague’s classes because of limits on the use of subs.

She writes, “While Dr. Green gives us back some of the money Thurmond took to cultivate his political resume, the conditions haven't really changed. We lack enough bus drivers; subs; teachers don't get adequate planning time but administrators get off campus meetings; people all the way up the curriculum and instruction food chain misapply 'rigor.'

Dr. Green may have a plan, but how much does it benefit students."