Dekalb County schools superintendent Dr. Stephen Green (right) says "With these salary adjustments we are making an investment in the quality of teaching and learning in our schools."
The DeKalb County Board of Education has approved Superintendent Dr. Stephen Green's proposal to increase salaries for teachers, principals and other certified school-based personnel.
More than 8,700 employees, including 6,000 teachers, will receive the raises beginning with their January 15, 2016 paycheck.
Green says "With these salary adjustments we are making an investment in the quality of teaching and learning in our schools." He says the primary focus is to improve academic performance of students.
The $21.5 million annual increase will make salaries more competitive.
The board decided based on extensive analysis of five metro Atlanta school districts, not including Atlanta Public Schools, the DeKalb County School District was well below the metro average for teachers with 7 to 17 years of experience. These teachers will receive a pay raise that brings them up to the metro average. All other teachers will see a pay hike of 2-percent.
High school principals will see their pay increase 5-percent; principals in middle schools 3-percent; and elementary school principals will get a 2-percent raise.
Media specialists, counselors, psychologists, Lead Teacher for Special Education, social workers, academic coaches and instructional specialists will also get raises.
Salaries for certified pre-K teachers will be included and adjusted based on levels of experience and certification.
Instructional paraprofessionals on Tier 6 and above on the salary schedule will get 2-percent raises. Any parapro below Tier 6 will get one-percent added to their paychecks.