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Rock Hill schools approve teacher pay raises. Here’s how York County schools compare.

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An estimated 7,000 teachers rallied on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at the South Carolina State House to call on lawmakers to increase their pay and approve reforms that improve the state’s public schools.

Rock Hill school district leaders have approved a $172.6 million budget with teacher pay raises for 2019-’20.

The budget raises the starting annual salary for new teachers with a bachelor’s degree to $40,000.

The school board gave final approval to the budget Monday.

Rock Hill leaders also previously approved a $1,000 bonus for certified staff and a $500 bonus for all support staff, to be paid in the fall. The district is offering a $500 signing bonus for math, science and special education teachers.

Rock Hill’s budget includes a state-mandated 4% pay raise and step salary increase for teachers. South Carolina lawmakers are set to approve Tuesday a $9 billion budget that includes the teacher pay raise, reports The State newspaper.

A step salary increase is included for eligible Rock Hill employees, and all district employees will receive a 4% raise, according to the district. The budget includes a 5% raise to all salary supplements.

The budget includes three new special education teachers, six classroom assistants, a physical therapist and two language immersion teachers, The Herald previously reported. A security technician, two nurses and five mental health counselors also are included in the budget.

Rock Hill’s budget is funded with $107.8 million from the state and $63.4 million in local revenue, according to the district. Salaries and benefits account for $150.2 million, or 87%.

A tax increase will amount to $36 more in taxes each year on a $100,000 business, according to the district.

Tax increases apply only to businesses, non-owner occupied homes and rental properties, The Herald previously reported. Act 388, South Carolina’s property tax reform measure, replaced tax on primary homes with a one-time sales tax increase on retail purchases to support school operations.

Teacher salaries in York County:

Rock Hill:

Rock Hill’s new pay of $40,000 is up from $34,673 in 2018-’19 for teachers with no experience and a bachelor’s degree, according to the district. The salary increases to $40,137 at one year with a bachelor’s degree and $40,920 at five years. Salaries increase with more advanced degrees.

Teachers with a doctorate and at least 25 years of experience will make $79,235 in 2019-’20, according to the district’s updated teacher salary scale. Rock Hill teachers who hold a doctor’s degree with no experience will make $53,664.

Fort Mill:

Fort Mill is the highest paying school district in York County for teachers.

Fort Mill schools set new teacher pay at $40,250 starting in 2019-’20, up from $36,800 for 2018-’19, according to the updated salary scale. Teachers with a doctorate and at least 25 years of experience will make $79,756.

Clover:

Clover school district leaders have increased starting teacher pay to $40,075 for 2019-’20. Clover’s updated salary schedules will be released soon, said Bryan Dillon, spokesperson for the district.

York:

York teachers will see the state-mandated 4% pay raise and step increases. Starting teachers with a bachelor’s degree will make $38,850 in 2019-’20, according to the district’s updated salary scale. This is up from $35,520 in 2018-’19.

York teachers with at least 23 years of experience who hold a doctor’s degree will make $79,524, according to the 2019-’20 scale.

York school district leaders approved on June 12 a $49.4 million budget for 2019-’20, said Tim Cooper, spokesperson for the district. The budget includes a 4% raise for all employees, step increases for eligible employees, increased utility and other operational costs and costs related to employee benefits.

Chester County:

First-year teachers in Chester County will make a minimum of $38,851 starting in 2019-’20, The Herald previously reported. Teachers with a doctor’s degree and at least 24 years’ experience will make $76,219. Updated salary schedules are on the district’s website.

Other schools:

York Preparatory Academy, a public charter school in Rock Hill, approved raising new teacher pay to $40,000 earlier this year. Teachers with a doctor’s degree and at least 25 years of experience will make $77,418, according to the school’s salary schedule.

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Amanda Harris covers issues related to children and families in York, Chester and Lancaster County for The Herald. Amanda works with local schools, parents and community members to address important topics such as school security, mental health and the opioid epidemic. She graduated from Winthrop University.
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