For the fifth year in a row, the Jackson County School System is being slammed by a shrinking property tax digest. The system’s digest is projected to drop by 7.1 percent this year costing the system $1.9 million in revenue. The system’s recently adopted budget had projected the digest would remain flat.
That 10% across the board cut in salaries is looking good right now.
mike Buffington, editor
09/12/13 at 10:59 AM
The problem is, most of teacher pay is set by the state and local systems can't cut what the state pays. Local system only control what they pay in local supplements to employees, not the overall salaries.
Its on a sliding scale and while I don't have that data in front of I believe it's 3-7 percent. Administrative supplements are more because the state froze those salaries some years ago, a move that shifted more costs to local systems. In addition, all supplements at different systems are different so there's no one standard. But to get to the heart of your issue, local systems could only cut their local supplements... The downside would be that their best teachers would exit and find a higher paying system to work at .... That might not happen in a year, but is likely over several years.
At 7% that would be almost 3/4s of the short fall. I am making 1/3rd of what I made in the heyday of my career. I am still doing it because I enjoy my job and feel it is contributing to the greater good of society.
So if teachers are only in it for the money then good riddance.