Perrysburg teachers' pay linked to performance PDF Print E-mail
Written by ALEX ASPACHER Sentinel Staff Writer   
Tuesday, 10 December 2013 11:16
PERRYSBURG - Joining only a few others statewide to use a similar measure, the school district will offer a performance-based pay system approved as part of a new teaching contract Monday night.
After an hour-long executive session to begin the meeting, the school board approved deals for the 300 teachers of the Perrysburg Education Association, and separately for Superintendent Tom Hosler and Treasurer Matt Feasel.
The teachers' contract includes a 1.25-percent raise in each of three years. They had been working on a contract that expired over the summer which had a two-year pay freeze.
An optional alternative compensation plan will use a point system to determine eligibility for yearly bonuses and pay increases. A 24-member committee mostly comprised of teachers, as well as Hosler, Feasel, and community representatives, developed the criteria over the first half of 2013. Teachers will be measured in five categories: professional growth, organizational citizenship, student growth, collaboration and attendance.
Pay increases will be along a similar path as the traditional step increases earned by accruing years of service, but are reached instead by generating up to 100 points during the school year for milestones like certifications and achievement in students' measured growth. Failing to earn the 70 points to get to a permanent raise triggers a one-time bonus that is not added to an employee's base salary. Performance evaluations cannot result in a pay reduction.
"It's the first time that teachers can have some influence over what they're going to earn," Hosler said. "Before, it was whatever was negotiated and whatever that step said. Now, it's in the hands of the teachers."
A one-time incentive awards teachers $1,500 for signing on this school year, or $1,000 for joining in 2014-2015. The bonuses are paid from state grant money that must be used by the district this year, Hosler said.
Teachers may choose to remain in the traditional salary structure based on experience and education, which was stipulated at the state level until Gov. John Kasich's biennium budget allowed districts to set their own salary schedules, Hosler said.
The 1.25-percent annual raise is part of the contract regardless of which system a teacher chooses.
Hosler said the performance-based system is designed to not only reward quality instruction, but attract the best and brightest staff to Perrysburg.
"If you're a high-performing teacher, you'll want to be in this kind of a system," Hosler said.
"They would be crazy for not considering this," he said of teachers in other districts.
Aura Norris, executive director of human resources and operations, said she knew of only one other district in Ohio that uses such a system.
The board adopted a similar plan for administrators, who do not receive a bonus or have another option. Their salary increases will be equally based on evaluations and student performance at the building level.
The teachers' deal also included changes to the reduction in force policy that takes evaluations into account in addition to seniority, as well as health plan and school calendar changes.
Contracts for Hosler and Feasel each run four years, paying $129,350 and $101,490 respectively. Both deals include a 2-percent raise, with future increases tied to similar performance-based standards. Three years ago, both forfeited a scheduled 2.95-percent raise and agreed to a two-year pay freeze.
In other business, the board approved current President Gretchen Downs as president pro-tem until an organizational meeting in 2014, which was set for 5:30 p.m. Jan. 6.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 December 2013 11:35

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