Greenville County Schools passed its $789 million fiscal year 2023 general fund budget with a 9-1 vote, with all school employees getting some kind of raise.
Teachers will see a $2,000 increase to their salaries, which will keep Greenville County Schools as one of the top-paying districts in the state, Superintendent Burke Royster said.
Teachers will also receive a step increase, meaning an increase to the incremental raises each teacher receives year over year, with a step added for those at the top of the pay scale.
The district will increase teachers’ base pay to $44,566. Hourly workers’ base pay will start at $15, and those already employed can expect at least a 3% raise.
“The investment is heavily in people,” Royster said.
Notable new expenditures in the budget include:
- $2,000 increase to every cell on the GCS teacher salary schedule, which results in entry-level teacher salaries starting at $44,566.
- A step increase for all teachers and adding a step for teachers at the top of the schedule.
- All other eligible employees receive a step. If the step is not valued at a minimum of 3%, it will be adjusted to equal a 3% pay increase. Employees not eligible for a step receive a 3% pay increase.
- Minimum entry-level pay for all district jobs starting at $15.00/hour.
- Final step of a multi-step process to move bus driver salary schedule to two rates.
- Addressing the internal inequities of principal pay and external competitiveness of assistant principal pay.
- First step of a multi-step process to decrease the student to counselor ratio at the elementary level to 400:1.
- Personnel for growth to meet the estimated increase of 1,200 students next school year.
- Funding to meet the required employer costs related to healthcare and retirement for employees.
- Funding to further enhance school security measures.
- The expansion of the A.R.M.E.S. program.
Source: Greenville County Schools