Edmond Public Schools and the Edmond Association of Classroom Teachers (EACT) have come to an agreement on teacher raises which will provide first-year teachers a starting salary of $40,000 per year.
“To be able to offer first-year teachers a $40,000 starting salary has been an objective for some time,” said Superintendent Bret Towne. “Achieving that salary is more than symbolic. It signifies the value placed on teachers in this district. This is not the end, but it is a new starting point to strengthen teacher compensation and make Edmond more competitive with districts in neighboring states.”
Last year, first-year teachers in Edmond earned $34,616. The legislated $5,001 salary increase for first-year teachers, plus additional funds allocated by the district pushes the starting pay for first-year teachers to $40,000. The minimum starting salary as provided by the state for 2018 – 2019 is $36,601.
In addition to increasing the starting base pay, the district and EACT agreed on the following measures to increase compensation for teachers:
- Balance salary schedules so teachers with more experience receive larger pay increases
- Augment the legislated pay raise for certified staff who work more days than the standard 181-day contract
- Provide the entire legislated pay raise as base pay and add employee’s teacher retirement contributions as a district-paid benefit
- Offer a step raise and other salary schedule adjustments
The total cost of the certified compensation package over and above the legislated pay increase is $2,405,000. Edmond Schools also pays the entire retirement contribution for all of its employees.
During negotiations with the Support Employees of Edmond (SEE), the district added $609,000 in local funds to the legislated raise of $1,250 resulting in a $1.21 per hour raise for all support employees in addition to a step raise and other salary schedule increases.
In all, the district provided an additional $3.7 million in employee compensation during the summer negotiation process with both EACT and SEE. Edmond Schools is able to add to employee compensation this year due to a solid fund balance, projected funding increases based on enrollment growth and continued conservative spending practices.
“The district and Edmond Board of Education is committed to supporting and rewarding all the dedicated employees within our district and we believe that between the compensation increases provided by the state and the additional local funds, we have solidly met that commitment this year,” said Towne.