12月7日费郡校区教师Compensation Market Study 纪要

感谢费郡家长Jennifer抽空参加12月7日校董Compensation Market Study会议。以下是她整理出来的会议纪要:

SB meeting: 2015-16 Compensation Market Study

Dec 7, 1:30pm

This is first released summary for FCPS Compensation Market Study. Other reports will be available in Feb 2016. Heather from Segal Waters Consulting presented a summary of their studies in 18 slides. FCPS has 200 vacancies at the beginning for the school year. In December, there are still vacancies.

The data is very depressing. My son’s school Longfellow MS lost two teachers to other school districts this summer according to the principal Carol. As Heather commented, Arlington or Alexandria do not have the capacity to hire all your teachers, but they can hire your best.

Total compensation=base pay+pay supplements and stipends+health and retirement benefits.

Compared with other 7 school districts: Arlington PS, Alexandria PS, Loudoun PS, PG PS, PW PS, Montgomery PS, DC PS.

Recent FCPS teacher turnover was 7% in 2014 – losing about 1,400 teachers, up from 5% compare to prior years. Salary is the driver for turnover. 1/3 teachers left last year said the salary influence their decisions a great deal. For new teachers, 41% left FCPS within five years.

73% FCPS teachers have at least master degree. National wide is 55%. Maryland PS required to have master degree. So study uses master degree as an assumption.

There are 6 pay lanes and 23 steps for the base pay. 64% FCPS teachers are on steps 5-20 (with master degree and at the year 5th to year 20th experience).

Between year 10 (FCPS $70,234 and year 15 (FCPS $81,777), base salary for a FCPS teacher is 10% lower than the market average and about $15,000 and $20,000 lower compare to Arlington. 30 year accumulative salary is $142,000 less than market average, and $293,000 less than Arlington.

With health and retirement benefit, the gap is smaller. Total compensation for teachers with experience 1-4 year with master degree is close to the market average; with 22-30 year above market average. This means FCPS values more experienced teachers and provide better health and retirement package. However, 30-year accumulative compensation for FCPS teacher is still $52,000 less than market average, and $141,000 less than Arlington.

Almost all board members raised questions and ask for more information. The next step is to getting more data (national turnover average, age distribution of FCPS teachers, current unfilled positions, etc) to review so strategies can be discussed and implemented.

Video recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hUOeCifPef8&feature=youtu.be

Presentation material is attached.