Pay increase in the cards for DeKalb teachers and staff

Ty Tagami at the AJC has a new post informing us that the new DCSS budget includes a small pay raise for employees as well as a return to a full calendar (no furlough days). It’s a step in the right direction that we are happy to see and we hope that it is a sign that going forward, teachers and staff in DeKalb will come to be valued in full classroom support, technology support and pay.

The DeKalb County School District is out of the poor house, with enough new revenue expected next year to reverse years of cutting.

All employees will get a 1 percent pay raise, and the four teacher furlough days that were in this year’s budget will be erased next year if Superintendent Michael Thurmond’s budget is adopted.

He presented the conceptual outlines of a 2014-15 spending plan at a school board meeting Monday.

“There will be no more teacher furlough days in DeKalb County,” Thurmond said, calling the turnaround “almost to some extent miraculous.”

Read more here >> DeKalb schools see reversal of fortunes

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10 Responses to Pay increase in the cards for DeKalb teachers and staff

  1. Here’s the REAL STORY: Dekalb Teachers will have gone SEVEN YEARS WITHOUT a Step Increase:

    2008-2009, No Step
    2009-2010, No Step
    2010-2011, No Step
    2011-2012, No Step
    2012-2013, No Step
    2013-2014, No Step
    2014-2015, No Step

    That is per the Microsoft Word document posted at the “History of Step Increases” link (

  2. Behind the AJC paywall is an another article ( titled “DeKalb school district out of the poorhouse”.

    Maybe someday we’ll see a headline “Dekalb teachers out of the poorhouse”?

  3. Insider says:

    Yes… no steps for seven years. I know, I’ve been subjected to that as well. But at least it won’t be eight! Getting the furlough days back will be a boost in and of itself. With the cost of everything rising and healthcare premiums still going up, ANY little bit will help my tightly stretched budget.

  4. concerned citizen says:

    Thurmond/genius; Thurmond/God. Have Mercy on us all for his arrogance and pomposity! Where are the firings????? Where are the the Palace Minions???

  5. Teachers Matter says:

    Oh, I’m sure they’re patting themselves on the back at the Palace. But for this veteran teacher, the increase doesn’t even come close to making up for the poor treatment of teachers the past seven years. I won’t be kissing anyone’s ring anytime soon. (After rereading this, I realize it sounds bitter. Well, I am.)

  6. zeesmama says:

    They still have not restored our retirement. So this is just a literal drop in our non-existent bucket. You can never replace compounded interest!

  7. Serta says:

    Some people were laid off and then some were rehired at a lower paying job, but they put their friends in the higher paying job. Some people are making less than they were making years ago. But because they have to support their families, they had to take what jobs they could get. Its very sad, but we are back to where we were years ago. When we had a supt. from out of state, that made a big different – the friends and family were not in charge.

  8. Be wary of this annoucement!

    Don’t count on the increase or the restored furlough days until you see the money in your first check under the new contract. Even then, you’ll have no idea on what the 1% is based, and how it’s spread over bi-monthly checks.

    So you won’t really know how much of an increase to expect and the actual amount of your increase when you get it. And there may likely be a last many fiscal crisis panic decision not to even implement the raise or an announcement that the District will have to take furlough days next year.

    Don’t think ot this as a promise, or, better, think of it as a typical DCSD promise–made to be broken.

    Dekalb’s announcement strikes me as a desperate attempt to present itself as doing the same thing, on a laughably lesser scale, as its neighoring metro districts in order to staunch the hemorrhage of good, veteran teachers who’ve had enough.

    And according to the press release, hIre 100 more teachers to decrease class sizes? District wide? Only a 100 more teachers? Is that in addition to the replacement hires of maybe 10 times that many? Are they kidding?

    I through my cynicism and distrust, see this as just a ruse. A ruse to get some favorable publicity before they go on a hiring spree buying up naive, young graduates of teacher prep programs and desperate “veterans” who may not be the best candidates for teaching jobs.

    The County has done nothing to restore trust among its teachers and schoolhouse staff.

    I don’t think teachers will be any better of this time next year than they are now.

  9. Another comment says:

    Dekalb county can only help its self by not voting for these absolutely horrible board members with the exception of Thad Mayfield ( the only one who has been worth while, otherwise it needs to been a clean sweep.) They need to make sure Mr. CEO does not become the sheriff. if Elaine Boyer is up for Election in North Dekalb she as well needs to be told her time is up.

    it is time the voters demand a clean sweep of the school board. A new superintendent and all the friends and family to tender their resignations, the Folks of Dekalb county need to stop voting on the color of candidates skin but their character and moral fiber. No more Gene ” I only see color on the board”.

  10. howdy1942 says:

    I hope that no one will be influenced by these numbers on May 20. Remember that that the basis for them has not been audited. The DCSS now has its back to the wall with all the raises announced by neighboring school districts. That audit should have been one of the first things that Thurmond should have done, but did not despite his promise to do so.

    I read the AJC article and wonder just how much legal expenses have been reduced. During the past year, we have a new lawsuit by teachers seeking restoration of their TRA benefits. I think that they have a very, very good case and I hope that it is either settled or goes to trial soon.

    We need a new school board and we need a new superintendent who will get the priorities of the Dekalb County School System straightened out. Given that the tax base is, in fact, improving, we should have restored lost compensation for our teacher a long time ago and not be just beginning.

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