The Fort Wayne Community Schools on Wednesday approved a two-year agreement that includes additional stipends for effective and highly effective teachers, as well as a new base salary for new teachers.
FWCS and the Fort Wayne Education Association agreed to the contract that incorporates new state laws regarding teacher contracts and salary increases.
Under the new contract, the base salary for eligible teachers will increase by $1,100 for this school year.
For 2013-14 school year, the starting salary for new teachers with a bachelor’s degree will be $35,500 and the starting salary for new teachers with a master’s degree will be $39,500.
Next year, those salaries will increase to $37,000 for teachers with bachelor’s degrees and $41,000 for those with master’s degrees.
In addition, funds from the United State Department of Education’s Teacher Incentive Fund will provide stipends for teachers who are deemed “effective” or “highly effective.”
The stipends for effective teachers will be $2,000 for the 2012-13 school year and $2,100 for the 2013-14 school year.
If the grant is renewed, those teachers would receive $2,300 for the 2014-15 school year.
The stipends for highly effective teachers will be $2,500 for the 2012-13 school year and $2,600 for the 2013-14 school year. If the grant is renewed, those teachers would receive $3,000 for the 2014-15 school year.
For more information, see Thursday’s print edition of The Journal Gazette or visit journalgazette.net after 3 a.m. Thursday.