Legend: 1. Clay Community schools, 2. North Putnam schools, 3. South Putnam schools, 4. Southwest Parke schools, 5. Vigo County schools. Bar 6 is the state average salary.
Information supplied by Indiana Department of Education Web site: http://www.doe.state.in.us/
-First of a three-part series
While agreeing teachers deserve a salary increase, the Clay Community School Board of Trustees, Clay Community School Corporation and the Clay Community Classroom Teacher's Association just don't see eye-to-eye on how much.
Citing salary raises based on levels of experience and education per teacher, the board and the administration feel this constitutes a salary increase because $950 is added to the base salary of each teacher annually, even during the present financial crisis.
Members of the teachers' union believe this is a cost of living increase and not the raise they want. Teachers have worked without a contract for more than two years.
In an effort to increase public understanding of the matter, the board has requested a presentation of the facts as an agenda item during the next Clay Community School Board of Trustee's meeting this Thursday at the North Clay Media Center at 7:30 p.m.
That presentation will include information about the average salary paid to teachers employed at Clay Community School Corporation.
A comparison of the average salary for a classroom teacher employed by the Clay Community School Corp. to the average salaries of classroom teachers employed by Vigo, Southwest Parke, North and South Putnam school districts showed that local teachers were paid 7 percent more than surrounding rural corporations.
The salaries of teachers employed by the Vigo County School Corporation, which is considered a metropolitan demographic due to the county's larger population, is slightly more than 3.5 percent higher than those at the CCSC.
With various educational and experience levels, each teacher's background is used to determine their individual pay scales. A school corporation which has a large number of teachers who have earned a masters degree or above will have a higher salary range average than a corporation with a larger portion of teachers with bachelors degrees.