GREENVILLE CO., SC (WSPA) — The Greenville County Schools Board of Trustees voted Monday night to approve a budget that includes general increases to teacher salaries.
The budget includes a $2,000 increase in every salary level for teachers in Greenville County. Entry-level teacher salaries will increase to $44,566.
The district said all teachers will raise their salaries one step along with all other eligible employees. If the step is not at least three percent or if employees are not eligible for a step, they will receive a three percent pay increase.
The minimum wage in the district will also increase to $15 per hour.
“So every teacher will see an increase of about 3% and some will go over that amount, when you add the $2,000 to the step, which is very important for our teachers. Extremely important to our other employees because we have increased our entry wage for our lowest paying jobs from $12.93 per hour to $15 per hour,” said Superintendent Dr. Burke Royster .
“Our board has been extremely supportive for a number of years, in fact we shared this information tonight – how we’ve gone from almost 30th in teacher pay, to first or two of the state,” Dr. Royster said. “Very attached to our teachers, to the importance of the work they do, but also very attached to the commitment, the dedication, the hard work of all our employees.”
The budget also includes $700,000 for improving security in the district.
The district plans to use a weapons detection technology system called “EVOLV”.
District leaders said $700,000 would cover things like staff to run it and software subscription. The board will need to discuss funding for the system itself at a later date.
“You’ll see that very soon – later this month,” Dr. Royster said.
Dr Royster said they were also considering other safety improvements.
“There are grants available through the state, as part of the governor’s and legislature’s commitment to developing school resource officers. Several of them have been approved this year. And we actually have six grants submitted to DPS now — the state Department of Public Safety, to fund resource officers for schools that don’t have a resource officer,” Dr. Royster said.
The district said that even with the nearly $790 million budget, taxpayers will see their taxes related to school operations drop by about 2%.
Greenville County Schools plans to add 1,200 students in the next school year.
“This budget shows the commitment of the board and administration to investing in our teachers and other employees, which we know is one of the most important factors in student success,” said said Dr. Roystert. “It is more important than ever to show that education is a profession that is not only a laudable business, but also a financially viable career.”
The board voted to approve the budget by a vote of 9 to 1.
Here is a breakdown of budget items:
Expenses due to state mandates: The items listed below are mandated by law and total $22,137,000.
|Teacher salary scale||$5,902,000|
|Teacher Certificate Upgrades (i.e. Bachelor’s to Master’s)||1,310,000|
|Increase in the employer’s contribution to state health||6,622,000|
|Increase in the contribution rate for state-retired employees||6,592,000|
|Mandatory increase in the condition of bus drivers||1,089,000|
|Langston Charter Formula Increase||622,000|
Additional expenses: The following items, totaling $45 million, reflect the priorities needed to meet local requirements of the FY23 education plan.
|Increases associated with student growth||$3,679,000|
|Fountain Inn Secondary School (extension to include Grade 10)||1,747,000|
|Special education teachers||827,000|
|Induction and mentoring for first grade teachers||69,000|
|Greenville Alternative Teacher Education (GATE) Program||260,000|
|Special revenue fund – Students at risk of school failure||7,471,000|
|Special Revenue Fund – Aid to Districts||2,109,000|
|West Greenville – Culinary Skills Sessions with Greenville Technical College||11,000|
|Mastery Connect graphing calculator software add-on||29,000|
|Excursion request software||30,000|
|Career Center Certifications||20,000|
|Marching band uniform allowance||50,000|
|Increase allocation of musical instruments and orchestra||50,000|
|Extension of the Arts Reaching Middle and Elementary Schools (ARMS) program||106,000|
|Digital classroom management||187,000|
|Teacher Observation Software||92,000|
|Increase for school teaching materials||142,000|
|Increase in teacher salary scale||13,786,000|
|Add Step 34 to Teacher Salary Schedule||174,000|
|Step movement of non-teaching salary scales – Minimum 3%||6,210,000|
|International Teacher Fees||268,000|
|Increase in-home rate to $30/hr.||56,000|
|Adjust the allocation of primary councilors||1,302,000|
|Compensation of bus drivers for years of experience||133,000|
|Adjustment of the schedule for two-fare bus drivers||897,000|
|Reclassify computer technicians||105,000|
|Increase the scheduled working days for the Deputy Director||519,000|
|Adjust the main salary – Internal equity||820,000|
|Adjustment to support schedules for a minimum of $15/h. Assess||1,326,000|
|Recruitment for virtual/online workgroups and schedules||46,000|
|Annual Cost of Optimistic Manager Engagement and Retention Survey||27,000|
|Cost increases for existing service/supply contracts||714,000|
|Construction Services Specialist||99,000|
The Greenville County schools budget is based on the current version of the South Carolina Senate state budget, which has not yet been finalized.