The Owensboro Public Schools Board of Education approved a 3% raise — the largest one-year bump since 2004 — for all employees for the 2022-23 school, in addition to annual step increases for staff who move into a new level based on experience. They also approved to again provide staff with $2,000 in supplemental pay for the upcoming fiscal year.
OPS Superintendent Dr. Matthew Constant said the everything equates to a roughly 5-7% raise for the upcoming year.
The bump up to a 3% raise came after extra money was allocated from the state budget. Previously, the board was considering a 1% increase.
“(The 3%) is very competitive, if not the top in our region and state. Our staff truly deserves it, they work so very hard,” Constant said during the Board’s luncheon Thursday. “I have already communicated to our staff and many are very excited and thankful and wanted me to express the gratitude.”
Michael Johnson, Vice Chair of the Board, said that the pay for OPS has been trailing in comparison to the rest of the state, so he greatly supports the chance to raise pay to a more competitive rate.