Wake County Schools

Teacher salaries, school reassignment up for discussion in Wake County

Posted October 20, 2015

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— The big issues of teacher pay increases and school reassignment were back up for discussion among Wake County school leaders Tuesday night.

The pay increases are made possible by $16 million that was provided by county commissioners. It’s intended to combat teacher turnover issues and hard to fill positions. The size of the pay increase an educator will receive will depend on their job and level of experience.

Under the proposal, a regular teacher who has spent less than five years on the job will receive a pay increase of nearly $900 a year. A teacher in the same position who has more than 30 years of experience would see their paychecks increase by $2,250 annually.

A criticism of the state teacher pay plan is that longer serving teachers essentially received no increase. Special education teachers would make a bit more money.

The plan will be voted on Tuesday night by the Wake County Board of Education.

Some parents who opposed the district’s reassignment proposal also went home as winners Tuesday night.

A reassignment proposal that would have moved students from Leesville Elementary School to a new school that is set to open next year had parents upset. After a group of parents spoke out against the move, district officials have made a change to the proposal.

The latest chance to the reassignment proposal will keep seven neighborhoods at Leesville Elementary while others will be reassigned. Sycamore Creek students who had Leesville Elementary as a calendar option will now have the new Pleasant Grove Elementary School as their calendar option instead.

The third draft is the final enrollment proposal and any additional changes will come from the Wake County school board. If the third draft of the plan is approved as it stands, school officials said that fewer than 3,461 students, or 2.2 percent of the district’s overall enrollment, would be affected. More than half of those would be eligible to grandfather into the plan and remain at their current school.

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  • Kiki Caine Oct 21, 2015
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    Travis, I do understand that growth will lead to some reassignments. But for the past 6 years, every Brier Creek middle school student has experienced a base school change. The same students are being shifted around each time. Some neighborhoods have had the same school feeder for the past 6 years. We're being changed every 2 years. We just want the school board to do some real planning and spread around the impact. We'd understand being included in 1 or 2 plans, but 4 in a row? And the 4th one changing the calendar with no hope of getting transferred to a traditional option. Student stability and impact on individual students' performance are just meaningless buzzwords to neighborhoods that are being ping-ponged around every time a new plan is announced.

  • Travis Everette Oct 21, 2015
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    I completely understand the frustrations, but the county is growing at an astronomical rate. School reassignment is inevitable and is going to happen more commonly in the growing areas where new homes are being constructed. As frustrating as it is to be the one impacted, there really aren't options that don't disrupt kids and families.

  • Lisa Lisa Oct 20, 2015
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    What else is new?

  • Kiki Caine Oct 20, 2015
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    What this article fails to point out is that some of the impacted students live in neighborhoods that have had their base middle school changed 4 times in the past 6 years. And Mills Park students who are currently in a traditional calendar will be forced to move to a year-round calendar. Sure, they can apply for a transfer, but since their calendar year option school is at 165% capacity, they have no chance at getting back to a traditional calendar. Let's hear it for stability and calendar choice.