Comparing pay slips for October 2019 and September 2020, the Tampa Bay Times found that this year, without school principals, the district has 17 more people earning more than 100,000 $US. The total salary of this group has increased by more than $2 million. Our district is grateful that the state has provided the increase to this group of employees as the new salary adjustment becomes an important recruitment tool to continue bringing quality teachers to Hillsborough County. However, we must lose sight of the teachers who have dedicated their careers to county students and who reward them for their service during the pandemic. The borough`s management has now developed a plan to achieve this collective wage increase while keeping the borough financially strong. He said it was important to note that this preliminary agreement was reached at the bargaining table and must now be voted on by Hillsborough County School Council and ratified by members of the bargaining unit. Affected teachers can look for a job in the district`s recruiting pool that is operating this week. In some cases, said Tanya Arja, a spokeswoman for the district, teachers will stay in their same schools, but in different jobs until elsewhere they find a job that matches their qualifications. As teachers retire all year round and resign, the borough should be able to avoid firing its permanent teachers. Davis wrote in his email that he was not cutting art and voting materials, as critics feared. But he also wrote that some teachers of art and subjects to choose from have to work in several schools. According to the borough`s proposal, 4478 teachers in traditional schools will increase to a salary of 46,900 $US. The borough`s starting salary for new teachers was $40,000.
The salary adjustments are partly made following the passage of House Bill 641, the state salary increase allowance for teachers. As a result, HCPS is receiving US$38 million this year for salary adjustments for teachers, some of which must go to charter schools. According to the law, 80% of these funds are earmarked for the basic minimum wage for new teachers. According to the borough`s proposal, 4478 teachers in traditional schools will increase to a salary of 46,900 $US. The borough`s starting salary for new teachers was $40,000.