Marietta Superintendent Emily Lembeck intends to roll out presentations over the next six weeks to the district’s 602 teachers at each of Marietta’s 12 schools, including the Performance Learning Center, to further explain the new salary structure.
The school board last week approved Lembeck’s staff to develop a new pay system for teachers that would be based on how much student improve on standardized tests during a school year.
It would also take into consideration how effective teachers are in the classroom using a new evaluation process, and would take effect in the 2015-16 school year.
Right now, teacher salaries are determined by years of experience and the number of degrees and certifications they hold. The average salary, without benefits, is $55,307 for Marietta teachers.
Lembeck will also meet in coming weeks with Marietta’s Teachers of the Year, the Cobb Education Consortium Leadership Academy, Aspiring Leaders and individual School Governance Teams.
Weiner said the presentations will outline major changes and clarify some information, including that no one’s salary will decrease as a result of the change, which is one of the biggest concerns teachers have.
“A teacher’s current salary will be their new base pay,” he said Wednesday morning.
Another concern was what will happen if teachers are in the midst of earning a new degree. Weiner said those additional degrees and certifications will be honored.
Otherwise, the teachers he’s spoken to seem to like the plan.
Marietta High School Principal Leigh Colburn sent an email last week to her staff about the upcoming meeting with Lembeck and Associate Superintendent Dayton Hibbs on Oct. 7.
“I sat through a presentation earlier this week regarding the proposal, and I found it to have great potential,” Colburn’s email states. “I agree that varying an educator’s salary based upon his/her total impact to the school and our students is the direction to go for our future.
“We all know that the greatest educational resource in any school building is the personnel, and implementing this structure could move us closer to our goal of becoming the school system of choice for highly skilled and dedicated educators.”
Feedback is key
In an attempt to address any additional concerns or questions, teachers can submit feedback or questions online through the district’s “Compensation Q & A,” and they can also email their input to a designated address.
“We are responding to the feedback by continuously updating a ‘Compensation Q & A’ that is available to all MCS teachers in the employee portal,” Hibbs said.
“The primary concern thus far pertains to how current teachers will transition into the new system. For this reason, we have stressed that our current teachers would not earn less than they are currently making.”