Wake County Schools

Wake school board approves signing bonuses for new in-demand teachers

Posted April 8, 2014

Wake County Public School System

— New highly qualified special education teachers will receive a $1,500 signing bonus if they agree to work for Wake County schools, a financial incentive approved by the school board Tuesday.

The board also approved $1,000 signing bonuses for highly qualified math, science, health occupations and family and consumer science teachers.

"Recruiting teachers is highly competitive nationwide," said Doug Thilman, the district's assistant superintendent for human resources. "The extra salary will be a real asset in attracting the best teachers to Wake County classrooms."

The signing bonuses were reinstated after they were eliminated through budget cuts. The bonuses will come from $898,000 within the district's fund balance.

Wake teacher recruiters are currently visiting university and regional job fairs, but the district will hold its own job fair on May 3 at Panther Creek High School.


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  • John Dees Apr 10, 2014
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    It's a common core thing. You wouldn't understand. Please follow the rubric (roll eyes) next time
    They should recruit teachers who refuse to teach common core.

  • katoyamitchell1980 Apr 9, 2014

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    Family and consumer sciences is a fancy word for home economics.

  • MRay2503 Apr 9, 2014

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    Business/Economics, I assume

  • ncprr1 Apr 9, 2014

    Man, these teachers in NC are treated like rock stars now.

  • John Booker Apr 9, 2014
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    {"Recruiting teachers is highly competitive nationwide," said Doug Thilman}

    And the great thinkers' best idea is a $1500 sign-on-bonus. We are doomed.

  • Terry Watts Apr 9, 2014
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    Its not up to the School Board of Wake to give raises to the other State Employees. Don't blame the WCPSS, place it square on the people who write the budgets: the General Assembly.

  • CherryDarling Apr 9, 2014

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    They get an "F" on everything. They can't even figure out a good way to figure out what schools these kids should go to. Embarrassing school system altogether.

  • CherryDarling Apr 9, 2014

    Once again, there are OTHER state employees out there who haven't seen a raise or even cost of living increase in forever. I know how important having good teachers is, but it's frustrating seeing all other state employees disregarded and not appreciated at all.

  • Chase Truman Apr 9, 2014
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    Nice try Wake, but you get an F on this.

  • SaveEnergyMan Apr 9, 2014

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    Home economics, and probably the basic math/science teachers - for the definitely not going to college cohort.