The Fort Wayne Community Schools (FWCS) announced terms of a two-year salary agreement for FWCS educators that includes a new bachelor’s and master’s degree salary schedule and creates opportunity for eligible teachers to advance in salary each year. The tentative agreement reached October 5th was ratified by teachers October 18th and approved by the FWCS Board of School Trustees this week.

The new contract covers wages and wage-related benefits as stipulated by state law. The law also limits wage increases to teachers evaluated as effective or highly effective. In the media announcement, FWCS says that under the new salary schedule, the base salary for teachers with a bachelor’s degree ranges from $39,100 to $60,000. For a master’s degree, the range is $41,650 to $68,050.

During the current school year teachers will be placed on the salary row closest to and greater than a current salary. Teachers will see a minimum increase of $1,000 this year, but for teachers moving from the bachelor’s degree schedule to the master’s degree schedule, it could be as high as $5,000. If the increase to the salary row is less than $1,000, the teacher will receive the difference between the row increase and $1,000 as a stipend. For example, an eligible teacher with a bachelor’s degree currently making $41,500 would be placed on row D with a salary of $42,400. However, because the increase is less than $1,000, the teacher would receive a one-time stipend of $100.

In 2018-19, eligible teachers will advance on the salary schedule with an increase of $1,100. Compensation for teachers taking additional duties, such as coaches, extra-curricular advisors, technology coordinator and other positions, also was evaluated and adjusted.

This post was created in collaboration with Krista Stockman, Public Information Officer, Fort Wayne Community Schools.

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