(photo courtesy of Muncie Community Schools)

The Muncie Community Schools Board of Trustees has approved the largest raises in district history. MCS says teachers will receive the raises starting this fall for the 2022-23 school year.

Additionally, MCS says it will “bump up” any teacher with more than 20 years of experience to $60,000 annually. The district is also increasing the salary of all beginning teachers to $48,000, up from $42,000 just a year ago.

The district says additional compensation will go to those who have been with the school system for five or more years.

A breakdown of the raises is below:

  • 1 – 4 years of teaching experience: $6,800
  • 5 – 10 years of teaching experience: $7,200
  • 5 – 10 years of teaching experience with 5+ years at MCS: $7,700
  • 11 – 19 years of teaching experience: $7,700
  • 11 – 19 years of teaching experience with 5+ years at MCS: $8,200
  • 20+ years of teaching experience: $6,800
  • 20+ years of teaching experience with 5+ years at MCS: $7,300

“We are thrilled to be able to recognize the outstanding teachers we have in Muncie Community Schools in this way,” said Dave Heeter, member of the board’s compensation committee. “We believe this is fair and equitable for the jobs these hardworking educators do every day, and it’s also responsible handling of the district’s finances to keep us in a stable situation.”

With the new salary structure, MCS says it will be one of the top-paying school districts in the state. In total, the raises will cost the district about $2.4 million.