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A new differentiated pay scale policy passed by the Wilson County Board of Education earlier this year will base teacher salaries on performance rather than degrees.

According to a bulletin on the system’s website, teachers entering the system will be placed on a base salary schedule, “but we do not refer to years of experience after that starting point.”

“Our salary schedule takes into account their experience, not degrees,” explained Deputy Director of Schools Mickey Hall. “If you are a level 3, 4 or 5 teacher a number will be added onto that salary on a yearly basis.”

Once a raise is accepted, it will not be taken away from the teacher and the teacher can earn another raise the following year.

The chart for fiscal year 2014-2015 shows that a teacher with 0-6 years of experience will enter the school system with the base salary of $38,000; seven to eight years of experience at $39,000; nine years of experience at $40,000; 10 years of experience at $41,000; 11-12 years of experience at $42,000; 13 years of experience at $43,000; 14-15 years of experience at $44,000; 16 years of experience at $45,000; 17-18 years of experience at $46,000; 19 years of experience at $47,000; and 20 years of experience at $49,000.

Teachers with more than 20 years experience still have the opportunity to receive an annual performance increase.

“There is no cap over 20 years, as there is in some pay plans,” the bulletin stated. “The system we have in place provides up to $297,476 more income over a 30-year teaching career.”

Former Wilson County Education Association President Denise DeFevers spoke to The Wilson Post on behalf of current President Barbara Marks who was unavailable due to an in-service and agreed that a benefit of the plan was that it would not cap salaries for teachers with more than two decades of experience.

“They will be eligible for an increase in salary, as we understand it,” she said. However, DeFevers said that they do have some concerns as to how the plan will affect “tweeners.”

“That is what we are calling the teachers who have taught five or six years. It is unfair to them that they would be making the same salary as teachers who come in with no experience.”

Raises will be decided from school TEAM scores.

Hall said the salaries listed in the chart are pending until the 2014-2015 budget is passed. The BOE will vote on the budget at their July 11 board meeting. Once the board approves, the budget will then move to Wilson County Commission’s Education and Budget Committees, respectively, for their recommendations, and then to the full commission for final approval, likely in August.

“We took the plan around and let teachers ask questions in February and March. Their questions and answers are on a website wcschools.com, under the Quick Links tab,” he said.

Staff Writer Sabrina Garrett may be contacted at sgarrett@wilsonpost.com.

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