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Salaries at the King George schools

Teacher salary scale no longer equates to years of experience


The King George School Board has forwarded a budget request to the county that includes 2 percent raises for all school employees, including administrators.


The last time division employees got pay increases was three years ago, in 2008-09, when 4 percent raises were given to all employees.


Salaries have remained level since then, with no raises granted in 2009-10 or for the current budget year, 2010-11.


School Board members like to blame the Board of Supervisors for not providing them with enough funding. But it is significant that the money turned back by the School Board at the end of each of the last two years could have paid for 2 percent raises to at least keep pace with step increases in all the employee salary scales.

 


In January, Superintendent Candace Brown provided the School Board with a listing indicating it was estimated to cost $522,994 to give 2 percent raises to all current employees for next fiscal year 2011-12, including administrators.


Brown’s cost breakdown for 2 percent raises is as follows:
Teachers - $331,346; Administrators - $87,080; Paraprofessionals - $28,214; Transportation Staff - $25,226; Secretaries - $17,161; Custodians - $14,941; Cafeteria Staff - $8,117; Maintenance Staff - $5,649; Technology Staff – 5,260.


Superintendent Brown, whose resignation was approved by the School Board to become effective on Jan. 1, 2012, is currently paid $128,292. In addition to her salary, she also receives $7,000 a year for an automobile allowance, along with $10,000 per year into a tax-sheltered annuity or deferred compensation plan. That’s in addition to premiums paid by the division for her full health insurance and life insurance from the Virginia Retirement System and 20 days of paid vacation per year.  


Other administrators are also paid relatively generous sums, with a wide gap between their pay and that of teachers and other support personnel.

 


Figures were provided by division staff, through the office of Director of Personnel Bill Wishard. Under state law, salaries of public employees making over $10,000 are public information.

SCHOOL BOARD OFFICE
• Assistant Superintendent Dick Roberts - $104,171.
• Director of Personnel Bill Wishard - $101,122.
• Supervisor of Special Education Pat Nealon – $91,686, which includes a supplement of $2,000.
• Supervisor of Technology Dan Hopper - $85,236.
• Network Engineer Dana Reed - $81,262.
• Coordinator of Curriculum & Instruction Kristine Hill – $78,000.
• Coordinator of Guidance & Social Work Services Gayle Hock - $75,285, which includes a supplement of $2,520.
• Supervisor of Facilities & Custodial Services Don Hall - $68,600.
• Coordinator of Testing Robin Mitchell - $65,744, which includes a supplement of $4,520.
• Supervisor of Transportation Ray Newton - $61,694.
• Financial Administrative Assistant Wilma Ward – $54,606.
• Secondary Specialist Katie Feltner - $53,179, which includes a supplement of $2,520
• Executive Administrative Assistant Sheryl Bushrod – $51,470.

KING GEORGE HIGH SCHOOL
• Principal Clifton Conway - $94,000.
• Guidance Director Diane Eskey - $75,010 which includes supplements totaling $4,520.
• Assistant Principal Ann Bueche – $75,000.
• Assistant Principal Jennifer Collins – $74,699.
• Athletic Director Alex Fisher – $56,645, which includes a supplement of $750.
• Administrative Assistant Duane Harrison - $46,238, which includes a supplement of $750.

KING GEORGE MIDDLE SCHOOL
• Principal Seidah Ashshaheed – $87,504
• Assistant Principal John Carter - $85,061

KING GEORGE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
• Principal Ron Monroe - $83,096
• Assistant Principal Angela Harris - $74,917

POTOMAC ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
• Principal Elizabeth Gordon – $81,682
• Assistant Principal Scott Gilbert – $68,492

SEALSTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
• Principal Christopher Bryant – $84,284
• Assistant Principal Stacy Fetterolf – $69,031

TEACHER SALARY SCALE The salary scales for teachers and all other support personnel can be found online at the division website, www.kgcs.k12.va.us/. From the home page click on “Human Resources” on the left side column, then click on either “Teacher Scale” and/or “Support Scales,” to get to a pane to open spreadsheets.

 

 


First-year teachers are currently paid $36,000. But so are second- and third-year teachers. The steps on the salary scale have traditionally referred to years of experience, except they are all out of whack now, without raises given in the last couple of years.

 

 


For all the rest of the steps there are 2 percent increases between the steps on the scale.

 

 


It has not been calculated how much it would cost to “fix” the teacher and other salary scales.

 

 


In fact, the School Board has not mentioned it, nor did they receive a copy of the teacher salary scales in the budget book distributed by Brown.

 

 


The cost to fix the scale would be large, since increasing the first step has a ripple effect throughout each of the steps on the 30-step scale.

 

 


Old-timers will remember that the same thing happened in the early 1990s when raises were not given for a few years at that time. It took several budget cycles to finally get the scales “fixed” so the steps would once again equate to years of experience.

 

 


Here are a few additional sample salaries for current teacher pay: Step 5 - $37,454; Step 10 - $41,353; Step 15 - $45,657; Step 20 - $50,409; Step 25 - $55,655; Step 30 - $61,448.

 

 


Teachers also receive supplements for additional education:  $750 - for 15 degree credits more than a Bachelor’s Degree; $2,520 - Master’s; $2,000 – National Teacher Certification; $2,000 – National School Psychology Certification; $2,000 – National Nurses Certification.

 

Phyllis Cook

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