Grant to help Perrysburg study alternative pay plan for teachers PDF Print E-mail
Written by PETER KUEBECK, Sentinel Staff Writer   
Monday, 31 December 2012 09:19
PERRYSBURG - The school district's aims to design an alternative compensation plan for teachers has gotten a boost.
Perrysburg Schools received a state grant this month to help them move forward with that effort. They are one of two districts in the state to receive such a grant, which will initially award approximately $125,000, and could later make as much as $200,000 available.
"We were pretty happy about that," said Superintendent Tom Hosler in an interview Friday.
The district's plan, still in its early conceptual stages, would seek to determine pay raises based on teacher effectiveness, not on seniority or other similar measures. As a federal Race to the Top District, Perrysburg is required to implement a performance-based pay schema.
"The initial dollars that we're using is to help secure a consultant that will work with us," Hosler explained, and "help us create the framework for the committee to work." Other money would also be used to pay substitute teachers, as some full-time district teachers will be called upon to work on the committee during normal teaching hours.
The committee will also feature a variety of community members, including stakeholders from area businesses like The Andersons, BP and Promedica.
Hosler admitted that staff reaction to the idea of proposed changes have been mixed.
"We've gotten kind of the full range of conversations and kind of the full gamut," he said. "We've had some staff that are excited to take a look at coming up with something different, and then some are obviously more cautious or guarded about the plan and what it may mean."
"The way we've paid teachers in the United States has relatively been unchanged since the early 1990s. So when you begin to say 'We want to change the way we do that,' you know, people are like 'Wait a minute, this is what I've signed up for and this is how I've always known it.'"
"And I do think there are some educators that look at our current system and say 'I understand it, but certainly there are some inequities in how it's set up.' What we have today isn't the perfect system, either."
Some staff are concerned, he said, that the alternative compensation plan will simply be a way to reduce salaries. However, he said that is not the case, and research bears that out.
"We want to attract quality teachers, we want to retain quality teachers, and we want to reward quality teachers", which can be difficult under the current compensation system.
He emphasized the importance of staff input to the upcoming planning process.
The district has not yet settled on a consultant with whom they will be working, though Hosler anticipates partnering with Battelle for Kids, a nationally-recognized, Columbus-based non-profit that assists in strategic counseling around educational issues. He is also interested in working with other school districts.
The first meeting of the alternative compensation committee is slated for Jan. 10.
Last Updated on Monday, 31 December 2012 09:32

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