District’s goal: Competitive pay, quality teachers
Goin added the district’s goal has been and will continue to be to provide the most competitive compensation levels possible as board members and administrators seek to secure and retain quality teacher, administrator and support services employees.
“But, we must be prudent in administering budgets and fiscally responsible as salary increases are contemplated,” Goin said.
“Given the following: 1) State funding to Edmond is millions of dollars below what it would have been on a FY09 per pupil basis, 2) federal stimulus monies depleted and, 3) thousands more students to serve; our ability to fund locally a much deserved $2,000 increase in teacher compensation would be both imprudent and irresponsible. This is especially true when one considers that our commitment to salaries and benefits already exceeds 90 percent of the district’s general fund budget.”
Edmond leading way in pay for Oklahoma teachers
The last state-funded pay increase for teachers was approved for 2006-07, and provided for a partially state-funded increase of $3,000. Since that time Edmond Public Schools has added $2,755 to the salary schedule for steps 1-36, and the base for step 0 has increased $2,255.
The state minimum salary is currently $31,600 and the Edmond minimum is $34,416. At this time, the Edmond minimum salary is $2,817 — or almost 9 percent more than the state minimum.
During the same period of time, state aid has dropped from 35.5 percent to 26 percent of district revenue. The bottom line is that this district has been using its local funds to increase teacher salaries.