Charleston Co. School District Board approves rural recruitment initiative

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – The Charleston County School District Board unanimously approved a recommendation to increase all first-year classroom teachers to the second year teacher salary schedule for the school year 2018-2019 the Rural Recruitment Initiative expenditure.

A supplement will be used to elevate the first year teacher salary schedule to the salary of a second year. 

For 2019 CCSD will receive state funding for the Rural Recruitment Initiative. according to the news release. 

The news release states that the Rural Recruitment Initiative is a state-funded recruitment and retention program to address the statewide teacher shortage concerns. The District’s eligibility is based on a five-year average teacher turnover rate as reported on the district report cards and the funds can be used district-wide, not limited to select schools.

The district was awarded $1.67 million for recruitment initiatives, according to officials.

“The district is permitted to use a portion of these approved funds to increase the salary of our current first-year classroom teachers to the second year salary level in an effort to encourage them to stay with CCSD,” explained Bill Briggman, Chief Human Resources Officer. “This is another step for the board in reaching their goal of being the highest paying district in the state,” he said.

The total cost, based on an estimate of 250 first year teachers salary and benefits, is $289,030. This increase is for classroom teachers only, officials stated. That guidance, media and any other paid positions on the teacher salary schedule are not subject to increase, according to the news release.

Officials stated that the guidelines issued for the use of these funds, the total cost, based on an estimate of 250 first year teachers is $289,030. This increase is for classroom teachers only; guidance, media and any other paid positions on the teacher salary schedule are not subject to increase.

2019 Salary Schedule

  • BA – (First Year) $37,407 (Second Year) $38,258
  • BA+18 – (First Year) $39,566 (Second Year) $40,478
  • MA – (First Year) $42,089 (Second Year) $43,062
  • MA+30 – (First Year) $45,235 (Second Year) $46,284
  • DCTR – (First Year) $49,005 (Second Year) $50,160

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