Around 1,600 of Wake's 9,000 teachers will get a pay raise after all this year.
The state, which pays the base salaries for most teachers, froze teacher pay so no one would get a raise. State employees didn't get a raise because of the budget woe.
Some districts, including Wake, are finding a way to give some teachers a raise, working out to between $200 and $350. It will cost $420,000 in local funds that Wake will pull from savings elsewhere in the budget.
Basically, Wake uses a sliding scale to supplement state base pay. For instance, a teacher with a bachelor's degree with less than five years experience will get a pay boost of 13.25 percent while one with 25 or more years would get a 16.25 percent jump.
The boost in the percentage occurs ever five years.
Based on the state budget, Asst. Supt. Stephen Gainey said that teachers who've completed their fifth, 10th, 15th, 20th or 25th year would not have been able to get the extra boost in their salary supplement. They would have kept their salary supplement percentage from the previous year
But the board voted to award those 1,600 teachers the boost in their salary supplement after all.
Two reasons were given by staff for the raises.
One is to keep salaries competitive. Gainey said Chapel Hill-Carrboro and Johnston County are doing similar things this year.
Second, the state will eventually go back to giving raises for each step on the salary schedule. Gainey said if they waited until then to award the higher supplement percentage they'd face a big bill that year.
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