DPS employees now earning at least $15 hourly wage

Posted February 3, 2021 6:31 p.m. EST
Updated February 5, 2021 11:38 a.m. EST

— Employees at Durham Public Schools will now earn a minimum of $15 per hour. The Durham County Board of Commissioners made the final vote on Jan. 25, affecting approximately 1,200 employees.

“This has been at the top of our list for a long time.” said Superintendent Pascal Mubenga. “We are profoundly grateful to Durham County for finding the resources to bring us to parity with city and county employees.”

The county commissioners first voted on Jan. 11 to increase funding to Durham Public Schools to cover the salary increases. The DPS Board of Education followed with a vote to implement the new salary schedule on Jan. 14. The commissioners final vote on Jan. 25 made the policy retroactive to the start of the school and fiscal year, which dates back to July 1, 2020.

“I’m grateful for the collaborative work with our Durham County Board of Commissioners to make this priority a reality for our staff,” said school board Chair Bettina Umstead. “A minimum wage of $15 an hour will honor the hard work of our current staff and have a positive impact on our ability to recruit and retain great DPS employees.”

According to DPS, the average salary increase for the affected employees is $1,200 a year. Pay will also increase for all employees who previously earned less than $16.50 per hour. Employees started receiving their new hourly wage in their January paycheck, and will receive back pay from July 2020 to December 2020 in February.

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