Pierre School District Teachers; Employees To See 5% Pay Increase

(KCCR) — Teachers in the Pierre School District will see a five-percent increase in their pay in the next school year. Superintendent Dr. Kelly Glodt says the Pierre District wasn’t keeping up with average pay across the state…

“They tell me the statewide rankings where we fall as far as, oh new teacher salary, average teacher salary whatever happened to be; we were falling behind their further than we certainly likes so our hope is that we’re going to gain some ground and be a little bit more competitive salary-wise, but a brand-new teacher with no experience with…will be right at 41, 481 dollars.”

Classified and administrative employees will also see a five-percent increase. Glodt says the increases will mean expanding programs may need to find alternative funding options…

“Giving an increase such as this does limit the dollars we have to expand programs or anything like that, so there is…there is a cost.  Now, we still wouldn’t have been able to do this had it not been for a few other factors.  The first one would be that this year were losing some very experienced teachers, so through attrition, there will be a savings to the District, because we’re not going to hire, I mean not that…we might hire some teachers with lots of experience but, by and large, they’re not going to have as much experience that we’re losing to retirement.”
The size of classes also helped play a role in increase…

“The second reason is we have the smallest senior class that we’ve had probably…maybe in history and next year’s kindergarten numbers look good so our enrollment should be very healthy next year so, those few things and then, just like any other school district everybody has a fund balance.  We certainly can only allow ours to get so low, but the Board is willing to dig into our fund balance some so that we can work on the recruitment and retention issues and reward our staff that are very deserving.”

Glodt is also receiving the same five-percent bump in pay. He says the increase will keep the Pierre School District away from not meeting the teacher pay accountability mandates put in place when the half-cent sales tax for teacher pay was approved. The increase is twice what the District will receive in funding from the state as Governor Kristi Noem approved a two-point-five percent increase in state aid for education.