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JPPSS Proposes New Salary Schedule for Teachers and Principals

PLEASE NOTE: As part of the salary increase that was enacted for the 2014-15 school year (click here for more information and the official news release), the Board suspended the previously adopted performance pay plan mentioned in this article. The current salary policy still includes performance-based step increases but does not include a performance-based stipend.

The Jefferson Parish Public School System (JPPSS) will propose to the school board new rules that govern the salary schedule for teachers, assistant principals, and principals. The proposed salary schedule is specifically designed to meet the requirements of Act 1 (of the 2012 state legislative session), which requires districts to design new salary schedules based on educator effectiveness, experience, and demand that will go into effect in the 2013-14 school year.

“In developing our recommendation for the board, we spoke with other districts that have developed salary schedules with similar goals in mind – to develop a fair system that rewards both exceptional performance and experience of teachers,” said Superintendent Dr. James Meza, Jr. “To ensure we put together a proposal that makes the most sense for Jefferson Parish, we also conducted teacher focus groups to solicit feedback and conducted extensive analysis to determine that the new schedules are feasible in this fiscal environment.”

Under the proposed salary schedule, educators will receive annual step increases based on a combination of experience and effectiveness, with effectiveness measured by Compass, the statewide educator evaluation system. For every year that teachers score among the top two levels of effectiveness on Compass (“Effective: Proficient” and “Highly Effective,”) they will receive an annual $600 salary “step” increase; for principals and assistant principals, the step increase will be $500.

Educators who receive an “Effective: Emerging” score will receive a step increase, but they are only eligible to receive a maximum of three step increases for that rating level over the course of their career. Educators who receive the lowest effectiveness score of “Ineffective” on Compass will not receive a step increase.

The numbers on the proposed salary schedule will not change from the schedules currently in place in the district.

In addition to step increases, the proposed salary schedule offers an additional yearly stipend to educators solely based on their effectiveness rating. All teachers, principals, and assistant principals who receive an “Effective: Proficient” score will receive a $200 stipend; those educators who receive a “Highly Effective” score will receive a $600 stipend.

Under the proposed salary schedule, educators will continue to receive salary increases as they complete advanced degrees. The proposal also allows for the district to provide stipends to attract or retain exceptional teachers and administrators, particularly in difficult-to-staff subjects or schools.

If approved by the board at the March 5 board meeting, the salary schedule will go into effect for the 2013-14 school year, and steps and stipends awarded under this schedule will be paid for the first time in the 2014-15 school year.

No teacher’s salary will decrease under this proposed structure, and benefits will not be impacted. The plan also does not impact existing stipends currently paid to teachers.

The complete salary schedule proposal may be found as an agenda item on the district’s electronic school board meeting site at http://esb.jppss.k12.la.us/. Please click on the date of the board meeting (March 5) to access the item.