DeKalb superintendent: Some teachers will see bigger raises in ‘16

Some teachers in DeKalb County Schools could look forward to another raise if Superintendent Steve Green has his way.

A plan is expected to be presented to the DeKalb Board of Education later this year calling for $20 million to increase salaries of the district’s teachers with five to 15 years of service. The raises would go into effect in January.

Green said the plan has been discussed publicly several times recently, including at “On the Scene with Dr. Green,” Tuesday night’s meeting of Green and area teachers, parents and residents.

The move is to make salaries more competitive with surrounding school districts, Green said.

About 8,700 district employees will be affected, with some teachers receiving up to 20 percent pay bumps. Other employees receiving raises include principals and paraprofessionals.

About $20 million already had been used to give raises to teachers, secretaries, bus drivers, custodians and other staffers for the 2015-2016 school year. District staff received a cost-of-living increase, 1 percent, last year for the first time in seven years.

Under the pay plan, school faculty members with six or more years of service would get a 4 percent cost-of-living hike, teachers with up to five years would receive 3 percent, and other district staff would receive 2 percent increases.

Former Superintendent Michael Thurmond announced earlier this spring that he would like to boost the minimum wage for district employees to $10.25 per hour, $3 more than the national minimum wage, resulting in salary increases between 14 and 37 percent for about 200 full-time and 400 part-time employees.