The Muncie Community Schools Board of Trustees has approved salary increases for all teachers ranging from $2,400 to $5,200 annually. The district says the raises are a result of increased K-12 funding allocated by the Indiana General Assembly.
MCS says it has also raised starting teacher pay to $42,000, up from $38,500. Teachers will start receiving their larger paychecks at the start of the 2021-22 school year.
“We couldn’t be happier to be directing these funds to the dedicated teachers throughout our school district,” MCS Board President James Williams said. “This board values every one of our teachers. We know how hard they work and how much they care, and we’re elated to provide compensation that reflects that.”
Because of a salary freeze for several years prior to the Ball State-Muncie Community Schools partnership in 2018, the board is providing an additional $1,000 to all teachers who have 5-10 years of experience in the MCS system.
The breakdown of the approved raises is below:
- 1 – 4 years of teaching experience: $4,300
- 5 – 10 years of teaching experience: $4,200 + $1,000 MCS experience = $5,200
- 11 – 19 years of teaching experience: $4,000 + $1,000 MCS experience = $5,000
- 20+ years of teaching experience: $2,400 + $1,000 MCS experience = $3,400
“It’s important for us to show all our teachers how much we value them, and we have tried to rectify the inequities for those teachers who stuck with us despite having no increases for five of the last seven years,” MCS Director of Public Education Lee Ann Kwiatkowski said. “We’re already seeing the benefits of recent stipends and raises. We’ve dramatically cut down on our teacher turnover from just a few years ago.”
In total, the district says the raises will cost about $1.3 million.