Catch the article in today’s Pierre Capital Journal: The Pierre School Superintendent, Dr. Kelly Glodt, points out that the Governor’s plan for $8000 more for teachers is only going to be worth $3500 when the rubber hits the road:
Superintendent Glodt said although the Blue Ribbon Task Force’s proposal gets described as raising the average teacher’s pay about $8,000 a year to about $48,000, it won’t work that way and is much more complicated.
The many formulas and circumstances of the 151 public school districts and the changes in state funding formulas will all work out in various ways, Glodt said.
And while teachers need raises, the lowest-paid employees of the Pierre district, custodians and cooks, need raises more than anyone, Glodt said. And the lowest-paid jobs are the hardest to keep filled, Glodt said.
All his teacher slots are filled, but he’s advertising for cooks and janitors every week, he said. Plus, his administrators also deserve a raise, so he would use some of the added funding for that, Glodt said.
If the teacher pay proposal gets approved by the Legislature, it likely will mean an average raise of about $3,500 to Pierre school teachers, not $8,000, he said.
I don’t think anyone would disagree that every district is different, but teachers only getting $3500 of $8,000 seems far from the intent of what’s being promoted.
Is this just a harsh dose of reality, or an indication that legislators need to build in strong directives on how the money is to be used?