Many assistant principals in the state will go without pay raises this year – even as the teachers and other school staff working in their schools do get raises.
The N.C. legislature responded to widespread discontent over North Carolina’s low teacher pay this year by including pay raises for teachers in their $21.1 billion budget. Republican legislative leaders have described the increase as an average raise of 7 percent. Others, including the N.C. Association of Educators, have chipped away at that number, pointing out that lawmakers folded in existing longevity bonuses to make their calculations.
The salary schedule for assistant principals shows that they seemed to have escaped lawmakers’ priorities this year, with salaries stagnant for professionals in their first 12 years of education work with only nominal raises not topping $200 in later years.
The salary schedule for assistant principals gradually ticks up in the 13th year, with the base salary going up by $28 for the entire year, according to the comparisons between for 2013-14 and 2014-15 public education salaries posted by the N.C. Department of Public Instruction. (Scroll down to see salary schedules.)
It doesn’t mean that the assistant principals will go completely without, however.
A onetime $809 bonus from non-recurring funds will go to the assistant principals who don’t otherwise get raises this year, said Vanessa Jeter, a DPI spokeswoman. Or if the teacher salary for the corresponding year of service is higher than the assistant principal pay, the assistant principal would get the higher pay, she said.