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Old 11-20-2015, 05:03 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, NC
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While that is true for the state I don't think that is the case for Chapel Hill-Carrboro schools. As you know, we pay a school tax in addition to the usual city and county taxes. I would think some of that money goes towards higher teacher pay to hire higher quality teachers.
I think the local add-on pay for teachers in Chapel Hill-Carr schools is $5K. I don't know if that is consistent across all teachers jobs, but recently when I saw an opening for a teacher in the district, that's what the local add-on pay was. I believe starting pay in the state was recently raised to $35K so that would mean $40K for starting teachers in Chapel Hill. That's not particularly bad for starting pay. I think it's those with experience that get the short end of the stick. Very few or small raises, no increase in pay for advanced degrees, etc. Fortunately, people can still live in low-cost areas around CH, so it's not too bad of a situation yet. But unless the state changes their tune, teachers will begin to look elsewhere if their pay does not increase as cost of living here continues to rise.
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Old 11-20-2015, 05:20 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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Last year at McDougle we had at least 2 experienced teachers write heartbreaking notes of resignation explanation to our girls. One was a man who could no longer afford to be the sole bread winner for his small family on teacher's pay and the other was moving out of state for more money. I've even heard of CH/C teachers going to Wake County. I don't claim to be knowledgeable about different rates of pay in the triangle but you would think CH/C would be highest but I don't think it is.
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Old 11-24-2015, 12:25 PM
 
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