The Atlanta Public Schools employees will see their first pay increase in over five years, some of them beginning this week.
The school system has implemented a district-wide pay increase plan that was announced by the Atlanta Board of Education in late June. The plan represents a $12 million increase in the system’s overall salary budget. All full-time employees who were hired by the district prior to July 2014 will receive an adjustment that will be paid in equal amounts throughout the rest of the 2014-2015 school year or in a one-time payment, depending on the employee’s date of hire.
“I am really happy to be able to reiterate the Board’s appreciation for the support that district employees have continued to provide to the students and families of Atlanta Public Schools,” said Dr. Meria J. Carstarphen, superintendent of the Atlanta Public Schools. “We have some very committed employees, and this is a direct, positive impact on their lives.”
Wages for Atlanta Public Schools employees were frozen in 2009, as a result of major cuts to education across the state. Based on tenure and work schedule, some employees will see increases in their July 31 pay. Others will see the increase start in August. The amount of an increase will also vary, with those who were hired before June 2009 receiving the largest increase – a 5 percent raise. The average pay increase for employees will be 4 percent.
“Having a great school district starts with having talented and dedicated employees, and we a committed to Atlanta Public Schools becoming one of the nation’s leading districts” said Dr. Carstarphen “I believe the children of Atlanta deserve this type of commitment.”
Atlanta Public Schools is one of the largest school districts in the state of Georgia, serving approximately 50,000 students across 106 learning sites.