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Merrimack Valley

April 3, 2013

City teachers may make over $100K

LAWRENCE — The best teachers in Lawrence Public Schools could make as much as $100,000-a-year under a proposed contract and professional compensation system unveiled yesterday by school officials.

“There is an opportunity for a teacher to make six figures, with the maximum salary being increased to $85,000 and additional compensation possible for other roles,” said Seth Racine, chief redesign officer for the school district.

The current maximum salary is $80,175 for a teacher with a doctorate and over 25 years of service and longevity, Racine noted.

“But under the compensation system that’s been proposed, great teachers will make substantially more in Lawrence. They will rise faster and make more over their careers. Great teachers after five years could make $85,000. Right now, a similar teacher with a masters degrees, would make $55,826. And that’s based on a teacher coming in with a masters degree and serving five years in the district,” he said.

The plan developed by Superintendent/Receiver Jeffrey C. Riley’s office features a career ladder in which “individuals will advance and be compensated based on their development and impact in the classroom,” according to Riley.

“It features higher starting and maximum salaries and much greater potential lifetime earnings than the current system of steps, lanes and longevity. Plus there are more leadership roles and stipends for highly effective teachers. The bottom line is good teachers can earn more money, faster,” Riley said.

The Lawrence Teachers Union, which has been working without a contract for three years, planned to discuss the proposal at a meeting set for this afternoon. School officials have already briefed union leaders on the contract and compensation system, which would go into effect for the start of the 2013-14 school year this fall.

Teachers Union President Frank McLaughlin said he couldn’t comment on the plan, saying it would be a violation of collective bargaining laws.

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