Proposed new pay scale worries some teachers at Fargo Public School

FARGO, ND (Valley News Live) – Some teachers at schools in Fargo are concerned about a new salary scale proposed by the school board.

“It’s a lot of work, a lot of money when you want to focus on student learning,” said Kim Belgarde, President of the Fargo Education Association.

Here is an example.

The starting salary for a new 1st year teacher with a bachelor’s degree for the 2021-2022 school year would be $ 44,200.

In order for that same teacher to get a salary increase of 500, according to this proposal, he would have to complete 15 semester credits.

“I am very scared for our new incoming teachers,” Belgarde said. “I think that would limit the coming of teachers to our district because it’s a very different way of doing things and it’s a slow process to go forward to get a higher salary.”

In this same proposed salary scale, a teacher with experience and a bachelor’s degree could receive a starting salary of $ 53,700.

They too would have to complete 15 semester credits to earn an additional $ 3,000 per year.

Some teachers fear this new change may not be beneficial, especially when comparing the pay scales of other school districts such as West Fargo Public Schools.

Why get a master’s degree. It wouldn’t be beneficial, an FEA member said at Tuesday’s bargaining meeting. “It would take this teacher, who works hard six credits a year or 90 PDUs, 62 or 63 years old to match that of our competitor.”

Currently, negotiations are still under discussion. there was no word on when the proposal could be approved.

The next school board meeting with FEA for negotiations is scheduled for June 2.

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