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Guilford County Schools approves teacher, principal pay increases in budget resolution

School leaders approved the budget resolution at Tuesday night’s Board of Education meeting.

GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. — Guilford County Schools has approved additional state money for raises and bonuses for teachers in the newly approved budget resolution.

School leaders approved the budget resolution at Tuesday night’s Board of Education meeting.

The state budget provided the following updates:

  • Teachers will receive an average raise of 5 percent over the next two years. The budget increases the base teacher salary schedule by 1.3% at each step, for an average 2.5% increase each year including step increases. Assistant principals will receive corresponding increases.
  • Principals will receive a 2.5% increase at all levels of the principal salary schedule this year and next year.
  • Non-certified personnel will receive either a 2.5% increase or $13/hour minimum wage in 2021-22 and 2.5% increase or $15/hour minimum wage in 2022-23.
  • Central office staff will receive a 2.5% increase in 2021-22 and an additional increase of 2.5% in 2022-23.
  • Instructional Support Personnel will receive a $350/month ($3,500 annually) supplement for school psychologists, speech pathologists and audiologists; school counselors will receive $100/month ($1,000 annually).
  • All full-time employees will receive a $1,000 one-time bonus. Employees earning less than $75,000 will also receive an additional $500.
  • Teachers will receive one-time bonuses of $300 in lieu of performance bonuses. Performance bonuses will return in 2022-23.
  • Teachers who have received training specific to COVID-19 will receive an additional $1,000 from the state’s federal ESSER funds.
  • Principals will receive one-time bonuses of $1,800 in lieu of performance bonuses. Performance-based bonuses will be restored in the 2022-23 school year.

The school district approved a teacher allotment supplement of $6,100 for 2021-22. It also includes a $1.9 million to increase salaries in school nutirion to at least $15 an hour.

The district budget totals $1,104,027,405, which includes $371,678,426 in federal ESSER funds GCS will receive $440,083,648 in state funding and $233,741,181 in county funding. The budget also includes $4 million in capital outlay, $40,341,500 in child nutrition funds, $5,569,942 in ACES revenue and $8,612,708 in special revenue funds.

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