Possible salary increases on the table for SBCSC teachers
UPDATE: The South Bend Community School Board approved the proposed new teacher contracts, in a six to one vote.
New contracts will raise salaries for educators--increasing staring salaries from $43,000 a year to $45,200.
Some say that's still too low, arguing that extracurricular faculty should be paid more for work outside of class.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- South Bend Community School teachers are one step closer to getting a raise.
Wednesday evening, the school board met to hear the terms of a tentative agreement between the South Bend Community School Corporation and the South Bend Chapter of the National Education Association.
If approved, it would lead to higher wages for all full-time teachers.
According to the agreement, for the 2023-2024 school year, the starting salary for teachers with no prior experience will increase from $43,000 a year to $45,200.
That starting pay would then increase to $46,000 the following school year.
Full-time returning teachers would see a 6% pay increase this school year and another $800 raise the next school year.
All teachers would also receive $500 bonuses for the next two summers!
Previous contract talks stalled back in 2021.
Since then, the National Education Association of South Bend, the union for South Bend School teachers, has been trying to renegotiate.
This also follows recent raises within the Penn Harris Madison school district, which now starts teachers at $47,000 a year and has increased its salary range to over $81,000.
The school board will vote on the new contract during its meeting this coming Monday.