A board subcommittee of Chairman Randy Scamihorn and members David Morgan and Tim Stultz was formed at the request of Morgan to examine the topic.
The group plans to evaluate compensation and consider what other options there are for paying teachers, taking into consideration student test scores, teacher experience and degree level.
Almost 90 percent of the school district’s general fund goes to salary and benefits for teachers.
The current pay scale is based on experience, certification and degree level of teachers.
Morgan believes there might be other ways Cobb can pay teachers based on different variables like student test scores.
“We need to use variables that correlate with student achievement. Don’t just do things the way it always has been,” he said.
The subcommittee will hear different compensation options that have worked in other school districts in a teleconference with James Wyckoff, director of the Center on Education Policy and Workforce Competitiveness at the University of Virginia.
The meeting is expected to have some turnout. Teacher compensation in Cobb is a hot issue, because teachers don’t want to see pay cuts.
The average Cobb County public school teacher makes $75,000 annually, including benefits, and an average of $56,000, without benefits, said Brad Johnson, the district’s chief financial officer.
“We want to make sure Cobb County is leading the way on teacher compensation, and that it is fair and equitable, that teachers stay informed and have input … but we want to make sure it doesn’t become pay for student test scores,” said Connie Jackson, the president of the Cobb County Association of Educators.
John Adams, co-founder of Educator’s First, a teacher organization in Cobb County, is wary of the board’s discussion.
“I’m really skeptical that (a new) system is going to be any better than what it currently is,” he said.
Adams is worried that teacher pay will come down to, “whether or not your supervisor likes you.”
Bottom line, “I want to make sure our county gets it right,” Jackson said.
The meeting will take place Monday at 6 p.m. in the board room, at 514 Glover St. in Marietta.