Fulton County Schools plans pay hikes for teachers, staff

Fulton County Schools’ employees would receive a 3% raise in July as part of a proposed $52.7 million compensation package introduced at Thursday’s Board of Education meeting. Superintendent Mike Looney, seen above, said he’s also planning for an additional 2% raise, for all employees, to start in the middle of next school year. (ELIJAH NOUVELAGE FOR THE ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION)

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Fulton County Schools’ employees would receive a 3% raise in July as part of a proposed $52.7 million compensation package introduced at Thursday’s Board of Education meeting. Superintendent Mike Looney, seen above, said he’s also planning for an additional 2% raise, for all employees, to start in the middle of next school year. (ELIJAH NOUVELAGE FOR THE ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION)

Fulton County Schools’ employees would receive a 3% raise in July as part of a proposed $52.7 million compensation package introduced at Thursday’s Board of Education meeting.

District officials reviewed salary and incentive recommendations included in the 2023 fiscal year budget, which the board is expected to adopt June 7.

“Overall, I think Fulton County is one of the premier districts when it comes to working at a competitive wage,” said Ron Wade, human resources chief.

The district also plans to pass along a $2,000 raise included in the state budget to teachers, principals and other eligible positions. And, eligible workers would receive a midyear step increase, based on years of experience.

The hikes would boost starting pay for new Fulton teachers with a bachelor’s degree from $48,850 this year to $52,316 next year, Wade said.

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Retention incentives are recommended for certain administrative jobs. Those include $4,000 for deputy superintendents and $3,000 for assistant superintendents.

Head custodians at elementary schools would get a pay bump to bring them up to the same level as those at middle and high schools. The district plans to increase supplemental pay for those who take on roles in addition to their regular job, such as teachers who also coach a sports team.

As part of an effort to increase campus safety, school police officers would work 15 more days each year, for a total of 205 days. Newly hired bus drivers, food service workers, custodians and other front-line workers would receive a hiring bonus of $500 to $1,000.

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State funds will cover nearly 30% of the $52.7 million proposed pay package.

Superintendent Mike Looney said he’s also planning for an additional 2% raise, for all employees, to start in the middle of next school year. That would cost an additional $10 million, Wade said.

The pay increases are part of a recommended $1.15 billion general fund budget. The district plans to use about $33 million from its rainy day reserves to balance the budget. That would leave an estimated $305 million in the fund balance by June 2023.