(In a recent issue of the Springboro Sun, our school superintendent speaks out to “we the people” with his statement: As for the district’s teachers, they have not received a base increase in salary in five years, according to Petrey. Springboro’s teachers have the lowest starting salary in Warren County, he said. People should ask if that is what they want for their school district, he said.)
While Mr. Petrey's statement is factually accurate in a narrow sense, the teachers in the district were afforded vehicles by which to increase their earnings. The utilization of the educational attainment program remains the sole opportunity to invest in yourself and see the rewards. In the private sector many invest in themselves for hopes of a better tomorrow. There is, however, no guarantee that your investment will be rewarded by your current or future employers. In education the investment is codified in state law, if you make the investments you will get the rewards.
The program is entirely self directed by the teachers themselves. Whether or not they choose to participate is exclusively that teachers individual decision.
The effect of the index for educators is to build automatic step increases, or increments, into the single salary schedule. Thus, for a set number of years step increases are received annually. Typically, about half of the teachers in a school district are eligible for annual step increases.
The size of step increases may be either uniform throughout the salary schedule or variable depending upon experience and academic training. Often times the size of the increment grows as experience and academic training levels increase. For instance, the state minimum salary schedule provides for 3.8 percent step increases for teachers with a bachelor’s and 4.8 percent step increases for teachers at the master’s level.
As mentioned, the state minimum salary schedule establishes automatic annual step increases of 4.8 percent for teachers with a master’s degree for the first 11 years of experience. In practice, step increases are typically higher. Eighty-three percent of salary schedules reflect step increases that are greater than 4.8 percent. On average, teachers with a master’s receive annual step increases of 5.35 percent.
Following the structure of the state minimum salary schedule, virtually all teacher salary schedules provide for annual step increases for each of the first eleven years of experience.
Annual step increases beyond eleven years are determined locally.
Please note that these people were chosen randomly because they had 5 or 6 names in a row that had been here from 2008-2012
Beimly Teresa Teacher - 3rd $64,028 in 2008 $68,680 in 2012
Bell Nancy Teacher - Intervention $43,809 in 2008 $54,091 in 2012
Bellar Leslie Teacher - PE/Health $40,329 in 2008 $51839 in 2012
Benedict Sarah Teacher - Music $43,809 in 2008 $49,744 in 2012
Benjamin Thomas Teacher - Social Studies $63,769 in 2008 $66,235 in 2012
Bennett Christine Teacher -2nd $39,482 in 2008 $49,744 in 2012
Jenkins Lura Teacher - 3rd $61,955 in 2008 $66,238 in 2012
Johanson Debbie Teacher - Intervention $47,698 in 2008 $56,028 in 2012
Johnson Jennifer Guidance Counselor $50,961 in 2008 $72,720 in 2012
Jordan Stephanie Teacher - English $47,438 in 2008 $54,126 in 2012
Jung Sarah Teacher - 6th $58,325 in 2008 $62574 in 2012
Increase in Income 2008-2012
Prater Jeremy Teacher - 3rd $39,489 in 2008 $47,301 in 2012
Pritchard Amy Teacher - 4th $34,217 in 2008 $36567 in 2012
Profitt Kelley Teacher - 4th $68,435 in 2008 $71,039 in 2012
Puckett Julia Teacher - Lang.Arts $61,955 in 2008 $67,200 in 2012
Rabe Rebecca Teacher - 3rd $57,548 in 2008 $63010 in 2012
Increase in Income 2008-2012