School Board approves compensation plan intended to retain high-performing staff members
High-performing teachers in the Cedar Grove-Belgium School District will soon be paid more adequately for their service to the district, School Board President Chad Hoopman said.
That’s because the School Board recently approved a one-time compensation plan that will allow for raises higher than the cost of living.
“We have not been in a position in recent years to provide any raises of significance,” Hoopman said. “We have some staff members that are relatively new to the district that started at entry-level positions and wages and have taken on greater roles of responsibility.
“This is an effort to make a permanent salary adjustment for some of those high performers.”
The 87 teachers in the district will be placed into six categories ranging from $39,800 for entry-level teachers up to $70,300 for teachers who have completed National Board Certification and “demonstrate exceptional interpersonal capabilities and instructional expertise on a high level,” according to the plan.
Since the creation of Act 10 in 2011 that effectively ended union collective bargaining rights in Wisconsin, the district is only allowed to increase wages based on the Consumer Price Index, which this year is 1.62%.
“This is our unique approach to solving that issue,” Hoopman said. “We knew Act 10 would be a challenge, but it is very important for us to attract and retain good teachers.”
New staff members hired after July 1 and in the future will fall into a classification within the plan, Hoopman said.
The pay ranges for each category are as follows.
Initial level, $39,800 to $45,299; progressing, $45,300 to $50,799; proficient, $50,800 to $56,299; professional, $56,300 to $61,799; advanced, $61,800 to $65,299 or $67,299 with a master’s degree; exemplary, $67,300 to $70,300.
Teachers will be evaluated by administrators and placed into performance levels in the near future, Hoopman said.
“We want to retain some of the excellent hires we’ve made over the last few years,” he said. “We don’t want them looking elsewhere.”
Hoopman said the plan has been “in the works” the last two years.
After initial placement in a performance level, a teacher is eligible for advancing after he or she meets level-specific requirements, according to the plan.
Teachers who are performing at a proficient level or higher who earn a doctorate will earn a $3,000 bonus. Other one-time bonuses include a reading teacher license, $1,500; earning a master’s degree, $2,000; National Board certification, $2,500; and earning an advanced education degree, $2,800.
The district’s 62 support staff members will be evaluated under a different compensation plan that was to be discussed at the Wednesday, April 22, board meeting.