The North Judson San-Pierre School Board held a public hearing over the tentative Teacher’s Compensation Plan Tuesday night.
Superintendent Dr. Annette Zupin shared that the salary range listed in the plan is $36,000-$64,000. That is a $1,000 increase to the base pay for first-year teachers and Zupin said that rate is very competitive with other local schools.
She explained that the raises are determined based on years of experiences as well as teacher ratings. Teachers who are not rated as effective or highly effective are not eligible for the raise.
She noted that this is a two-year plan so the increase will occur this year and next year.
Dr. Zupin said in addition to increasing pay for new and existing teachers, the plan includes an increase to the Corporation’s contribution to insurance as well as an increase to the Extra-Curricular Accounts to compensate head coaches incentivize teachers to serve in that capacity.
Teacher’s Association representative Eric Gappa spoke on behalf of the employees who will be impacted by the compensation plan.
He noted, “We understand that you guys are limited by how much the State gives us.”
Gappa continued, “You guys have been very generous, even despite the fact that we have declining enrollment, to be able to put money toward those three areas; the base salary, insurance contributions as well as giving some more increases to our varsity head coaches on the ECA.
He added that the amount of funding the State supplies has decreased significantly, regardless of enrollment numbers. He also stressed that the support of the school board is evident inside and outside of the classroom.
Once the hearing was adjourned, the school board went on to schedule a special meeting to consider the adoption of the plan during their regular session. That was set for Tuesday, November 4th at 5 p.m. and it will be held in the central office board meeting room.