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Wake Co. school board approves incentives for new teachers

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The board signed off on a $1,500 salary boost for highly qualified special education teachers. The board signed off on a $1,500 salary boost for highly qualified special education teachers.
CARY, N.C. - The Wake County board approved extra incentives to attract teachers to the district during a work session Tuesday.

The board signed off on a $1,500 salary boost for highly qualified special education teachers. Highly qualified teachers in math, science, health occupations and family consumer science will also receive a $1,000 incentive.

"Recruiting teachers is highly competitive nationwide. The extra salary will be a real asset in attracting the best teachers to Wake County classrooms," said Human Resources Assistant Superintendent Doug Thilman.

The school board’s approval brings back what was once known as a “signing bonus” that was given to recruit teachers to hard-to-fill positions. The recession ending the bonuses.

The school system said the incentives would be paid to new teachers in two increments. The first incentive would be given in September 2014 and the second in February 2015.

A total of $898,000 from the school system's fund balance has been set aside to fund the incentives, the school system said.

Tuesday’s meeting was the first time school leaders had a chance to discuss the proposed budget after it was revealed in March.

The 2014-15 proposed budget presented by Superintendent James Merrill total’s $1.4 billion.

Board Chair Christine Kushner said they are reviewing the documents very closely.

“I think the board is taking a close look at every single dollar,” she said. “We are working very hard to be good with the tax payer’s dollars. And we take that very seriously as our role as the board of education. So we’ll be looking at that. We also recognize the need for teacher salary increases.”

Kushner said this budget only brings them a third of the way with teacher salaries.

“We have been growing by 8 percent in the last 4-5 years and yet we have stayed very flat per pupil. So we are looking at help our staff have some growth in their salaries.”

There will be one more work session in two weeks. The board will present a budget to the County Commissioners by their first meeting in May.

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Shumuriel Ratliff

Shumuriel, a North Carolina native, is thrilled to be back in the Tar Heel state as a general assignment reporter for WNCN.
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