The plan floated today by Wake County Board of Commissioners to raise teacher pay would appear to fall far short of what the school board is requesting.
During today’s meeting, the commissioners approved a motion to direct County Manager Jim Hartmann to work with Superintendent Jim Merrill to find the money to raise the county’s average teacher supplement to the highest in the state. Wake pays an average teacher salary supplement of $6,204 on top of the state’s base pay. Only Chapel Hill-Carrboro pays a higher average teacher supplement of $6,441.
But the motion directs them not to raise taxes any higher to come up with the money, meaning it’s not going to be close to the $29.1 million extra the Wake County school board wants so that it can provide teachers a 3.5 percent pay raise. That’s $1,231 more for the beginning Wake teacher who receives $35,189 a year.
But in this election year, it could allow the Republican majority on the board of commissioners to say it did back raising teacher pay.