Metro Schools unveils new pay scale for teachers - WSMV Channel 4

Metro Schools unveils new pay scale for teachers

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Metro Schools has unveiled a new pay scale for teachers, which will show as soon as their next paycheck.

The school district says the pay scale will deliver a "significant pay increase" for many teachers.

According to the old scale, teachers with eight years or less of experience were paid $42,082 and teachers with 10 years of experience were paid $44,536.

With the new pay scale, salaries will range between $42,100 and $44,750 for teachers with under 10 years of experience. Teachers with 10 years of experience will earn $47,000.

The school district says they have not made any major changes to starting teacher pay since 2011.

Director of Metro Schools Dr. Shawn Joseph released this statement about the change:

By far, teachers have the most direct impact on individual student success of all the employees in a school system. In order to achieve excellence by design in every classroom every day, we have to have the best and the brightest educators. While culture and leadership also play important roles in teacher recruitment and retention, competitive salaries are absolutely essential. I am pleased that our Board prioritized increasing teacher pay in this year’s budget, and I am grateful to Mayor Megan Barry and the Metro Council for funding the request.

The school district's budget includes $10.25 million in additional teacher pay, which is $3 million more than last year. The budget also includes $2.7 million for support employees to receive step increases.

Click here for more information about the pay scale.

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