School Board Approves Teacher Raises

School Board Approves Teacher Raises
Posted on 02/21/2019
School Board approves teacher raises

The School Board voted Wednesday to approve an average three percent raise for employees in the T-Bargaining Unit, which includes teachers.

Teachers on the performance pay schedule who were rated “highly effective” for the 2017-2018 school year will receive a 3.5 percent increase to their base pay. Those rated ‘effective’ will receive a 2.75 percent increase. These raises include a .5 percent cost-of-living adjustment.

Teachers who were rated as “developing/needs improvement” or “unsatisfactory” will receive the .5 percent cost-of-living adjustment. For teachers on the grandfathered pay scale, the percentage increases are the same based on their performance rating, minus one dollar.

“This might have been the quickest and most amicable negotiation that we have had as a CTA and a District, and I believe it produced mutually-beneficial outcomes,” said Justin Katz, CTA president.

While the starting teacher salary remains $41,000, the maximum salary has increased by 3 percent to $84,246 with those on the grandfathered pay scale capped at $84,245.

These salary increases do not include the retention supplement of $1,000-$10,000 approved as part of the 2018 Referendum. Those retention supplements will begin in the August 23 paychecks.

The raises must now be approved by CTA and the pay difference and retroactive pay will be added to paychecks in the coming weeks.

“Congratulations to our teachers,” said Board Chairman Frank Barbieri. “They got a raise they well deserve.”

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