Beginning teachers at Isle of Wight County schools will earn a starting salary of $47,277 next year, in line with the school board’s May 12 unanimous vote to adopt a new pay scale.
The new minimum equates to a 5% increase on the Isle of Wight’s current starting salary of $44,945 for teachers with no previous experience, and is 2% higher than the $46,350 that neighboring state schools in the Suffolk have offered their beginning teachers this school year.
The Isle of Wight’s former 34-step pay scale, which offered teachers increases of between 0.2% and 2% for each year of accumulated experience, now includes a 35-step pay scaleand stage for those with 35 years or more of experience. The new pay scale sets the minimum salary for teachers in step 35 at $80,580, a 6.5% increase from the previous minimum of $75,603 in step 34.
According to Dr Christopher Coleman, executive director of Isle of Wight County Schools Support Services and Operations, the new pay scale will provide an “average increase of 5% across all grades”.
Former Gov. Ralph Northam, before leaving office in January, had included 5% annual increases for teachers in the 2022-24 biennial state budget proposal he sent to the United States General Assembly. Virginia. Since then, the Democratic-controlled State Senate has proposed adding a 1% bonus on top of the 5% increase for the 2022-23 school year, while the Republican-controlled House of Delegates has proposed annual increases of 4% and bonuses of 1% in the 2022-2023 school year. next two school years.
The new Isle of Wight pay scale also includes increases for directors and central office administrators.
Assistant principals at the elementary and middle levels will now earn a minimum of $73,000, up 5.7% from $69,000. Secondary school vice principals will earn a minimum of $76,000, up 5.5% from $72,000.
Elementary and middle school principals will earn at least $92,000, up 6.9% from $86,000. Secondary school principals will now earn at least $96,600, up 4.3% from $92,000. School athletic directors will earn $69,000, up 6% from $65,000.
The biggest increases will take place at the central office of the school system. Assistant directors will now earn $77,000, up 11.5% from $69,000, though coordinators will only see a 0.8% increase from $78,125 to $75,750. Administrators will see a 10.5% increase from $95,000 to $105,000 – the same starting salary for executive director positions. According to the school board’s vote last year, all superintendent positions will become principals effective July 1 under the school system’s new organizational structure.
A new CFO position formed from one of the soon-to-be-removed executive director positions will earn $115,000, a 9.5% increase over the executive director minimum. The Assistant Superintendent position, currently at a low of $115,000 and second in line to Superintendent, will see an 8.6% increase to $125,000 and will be third in line, with a new Assistant Superintendent position earning $135 $000 taking second place on the Isle of Wight. steering chain.