CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – The Charleston County School District Board of Trustees on Monday voted in favor of “step” increases for teachers and staff.
The vote was unanimous.
While the increases were put on hold due to uncertainties about the budget, recent legislation signed by the governor gave districts permission to move forward with the raise.
Starting teacher salary will be increased to $39,675.
The total cost for all increases is about $12.7 million. The school board already approved almost $4 million and the remaining $8.7 million will be covered by the state.
CCSD Board Chair Dr. Rev. Eric Mack says these increases are the least the district can do to show teachers how appreciative they are for their perseverance over the last year.
“I think there’s a number of things that will build on the 2% increases. The culture and the environment in which they are working in is also a valuable tool in terms of retaining teachers within our district,” he says.
According to the board, payments will be made as follows:
“Lump sum payments will be made to teachers retroactively with the April 30 payroll, hourly employees with May 14 payroll, and exempt administrators with the May 28 payroll. Pay adjustments for the remainder of the fiscal year would be incorporated in salary schedules and distributed across remaining pay periods.”