Lee County sticks by pay for teachers

SHANNON – Lee County Schools will continue to add to teachers’ salaries above state-mandated levels.
The 2011-2012 salary schedules were approved at Tuesday’s school board meeting at Shannon Primary School. The Lee County supplement schedule remains unchanged from the 2010-11 school year.
Teachers will get a little more in their checks next year for gaining a year in seniority through their 35th year.
The district supplement starts at $1,385 for a new teacher with a bachelor’s degree and tops out at $1,610 for a teacher with 20 years of experience and a doctorate.
Raises for tenure range from $505 for a new teacher with a bachelor’s degree completing a year of service to $804 for teachers with a doctorate completing 20 years of service.
The Mississippi Department of Education teacher salary schedule, which was recently approved, also remains unchanged for the 2010-2011 school year. Pay is based on tenure and education level.
The state schedule sets the base salaries for public school teachers; many districts, including Tupelo and Lee County, add a local supplement.
A first-year teacher in Lee County schools will earn $34,320, which is $1,360 higher than the state requires.
Lee County’s average teacher salary ranked tied for 111th out of 152 districts based on 2009-2010 data, the latest year available. The ranking reflects local supplements, as well as teacher tenure and education attainment.
Lee County’s pay for assistant teachers will range from $12,750 for a new assistant to $14,105 for a 20-year assistant.
Assistants who have direct supervision of students, such as those who lead music, art and physical education classes, start at $13,750 their first year and can earn up to $15,105 in their 20th year.
The state-mandated salary for assistant teachers is $12,500 with no increases for tenure.

Lee County teacher salaries
Note: State guidelines listed in parentheses
– Bachelor’s degree: First year, $32,235
($30,900); annual raise, $505 ($495); Lee County supplement tops out at $1,495 at year 16;35th-year maximum is $51,780 ($50,285).

– Master’s degree: First-year $34,320
($32,960); annual raise $670 ($660). Lee County
supplement tops out at $1,560 in Year 20. 35th year maximum is $59,080 ($58,120).

– Specialist degree: First year, $35,375
($33,990) annual raise, $737 ($727); Lee County
supplement tops out at $1,585 in Year 20; 35thyear
maximum is $63,080 ($61,495)

– Doctorate degree: First year, $36,430
($35,020); annual raise, $804 ($794); Lee County supplement tops out at $1,610 in Year 20. 35th-year maximum is $66,480 ($64,870).
The Mississippi salary schedule includes additional $2,060 raise after a teacher’s 24th year.

Michaela Gibson Morris/NEMS Daily Journal