We were forwarded some information from an annexation supporter regarding the pay differential between DeKalb and Atlanta public schools for teachers. There are a lot of rumors and misinformation swirling around regarding the cost to teachers and taxpayers if the Druid Hills area were to annex into Atlanta. Below is at least a bit of factual info for teachers.
Given that some areas of DeKalb County may end up in different school districts if voters in those areas are given the opportunity to cast a “small d” democratic ballot about their local government, it makes sense for teachers whose “work location” schools may end up in a new district to know what the pay differences are between DeKalb and their potential new employer.
Below is a 2014-2015 comparison of the DCSD and APS salary scales and ranges for teachers, media specialists, paraprofessionals, assistant principals, and principals. These charts do not address differences in benefits, which a cursory review suggests APS benefits are more substantial than DeKalb.
In light of how the “at-issue for annexation” schools performed on the CCRPI and School Climate Ratings, it would be reasonable for one to assume that APS and its new, competent leadership will be happy to welcome these schools and teachers into the APS fold. Dr. Carstarphen, by all measures seems incredibly bright and more creative, collaborative, interactive, and competent than any metro super in recent memory. She and her team, including former KIPP Executive Director, David Jernigan (KIPP is designed to serve all students, regardless of socio-economic status, to the highest level possible), will be extremely lucky to have the input and demonstrated skills of the superb teachers and leadership at Briar Vista, Fernbank, and Druid Hills HS. Those skilled, sought-after teachers should be aware of the following salary differences. Note that DeKalb also lists its salaries in daily amounts that are not included in this table.