All Daviess County Public Schools employees will receive a 3% raise — the largest bump in 15 years — for the 2022-23 school year. That will be in addition to annual step increases for staff who move into a new level based on experience, market adjustments for all employee salary categories, and a $1,500 stipend for all contract employees.
The DCPS Board of Education approved the pay changes during a meeting Thursday afternoon.
“There is no dollar value that adequately represents our sincere appreciation for every member of the DCPS team. Your commitment to service and excellence is an investment in the lives of our children – our most valuable and precious resource,” DCPS Superintendent Matt Robbins said to employees in an email about the changes.
The pay raise of 3% for all DCPS employees will be effective July 1 for the 2022-23 school year, as will the annual step increases. Step increases are based on years of experience.
The DCPS Budget is 61% supported by State SEEK funding. DCPS will receive additional State SEEK funding that is adequate to pay for a 2% increase, plus the necessary market adjustments for classified staff. DCPS will fund the remaining 1% from local tax revenues. Every dollar of projected new revenue will be targeted at these salary increases.
“We are investing in you because of your tremendous investment in the lives of our kids,” Robbins told employees.
DCPS began a 4-year rotational cycle last year in which all employee salary categories are reviewed. They are now in year 2 of this 4-year cycle. A market adjustment will be made for instructional assistants, bus monitors, nurses and secretaries for Fiscal Year 2023.
In addition, all contract employees will again qualify for an annual salary stipend of up to $1,500 to be distributed in two installments during the 2022-2023 school year.
In all, starting July 1, certified staff will receive approximately 6% above their base 2021-2022 salary — including the salary stipend, depending on years of experience. When including the 3% increase, most support staff will receive approximately a 10% minimum increase over 2021-2022. Classified staff will also receive the $1,500 salary stipend for 2022-2023.