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Merrimack Valley

April 3, 2013

City teachers may make over $100K


Teachers are eligible to earn more than $10,000 in additional annual stipends for teacher leadership roles, expanded learning time, and other roles & responsibilities.

Exemplary educators can increase their pay significantly faster than in the current system.

Teachers’ pay increases significantly after three years of service, when teachers often consider leaving the district and the profession.

Potential lifetime career earnings for teachers will be increased by over $300,000.

The proposal preserves key benefits for all teachers, including sick leave, personal leave, health insurance, life insurance and pensions.

“We think we have some great teachers in Lawrence and the majority of our teachers are doing an excellent job every day. This is a compensation system that honors that,” Riley said.

School officials say the new compensation model would cost an additional $3.5 million in next year’s School Department budget for just the career ladder.

But Riley said the increased costs in teachers pay increases would be offset by various spending controls, like energy efficiency savings.

“We believe our teachers are our most vital asset and that’s why we are making this investment,” Riley said.

“Great teachers are the most important factor in improving student achievement and making the LPS turnaround a reality,” he said.

Under the proposal, Racine said 100 percent of the school district’s 1,130 full-time teachers are going to make more next year, with an average increase of $3,068.

“This career ladder is a real opportunity to recruit, retain and attract great teachers to Lawrence, because great teachers matter,” Racine said.

“Teachers’ pay will increase significantly at a time when they might be considering going into a new profession or another district. That increase would be from $47,500 to $55,000, going into their fourth year,” he said.

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