How do our teachers compare, dollar-for-dollar, to other districts?
We are currently working through negotiations. A new teacher starting at a BA Step 1 is comparable to other schools. Once we get to Step 5, we start to fall off. The further we go down on the salary schedule, we become incomparable to other schools. This is the reason for our lack of retention of teachers after obtaining tenure.
A cost analysis was conducted using 120 random school districts throughout the state of Minnesota. At the incoming BA step 1, we rank 76/120, BA +30, step 5 changes the ranking to 99/120. At a Masters level, step 10, we once again drop to 103/120. These are significant number changes.