The Gilbert Unified School District governing board has adopted a salary schedule that will provide teachers with an average pay increase of 2 percent.
Individual increases will vary depending on where teachers fall on the new salary schedule, which was approved Tuesday night, said Shane McCord, the district’s executive director of human resources.
Teachers could qualify for other increases based on additional experience and education, factors that allow teachers to move on their salary schedule, McCord said.
The salary schedules for administrators and support staff were not increased, but those employees still could receive 2.5 percent increases based on their advancement on the established salary schedules, he said.
Teachers last year received raises that ranged from 4 percent to 6 percent. McCord said the new teacher schedule will result in an average 2 percent raise.
Teachers and administrators who worked on the Interest Based Bargaining Team to create the schedules with the district were happy to see an increase for teachers at a time when many worried that salaries would be frozen due to the economic downturn.
“Considering we were looking at a budget crises at the state level, what we were able to do was a pleasant surprise,” said Freddy Yanez, a teacher at Desert Ridge High School.
The board also voted to appoint several administrators, including Jim Pacek as the new director of curriculum and Brian Yee as the new principal of Highland Junior High School.
Pacek was mathematics coordinator for the district and also taught classes at Gilbert Junior High School before being transferred to the Technology Services Department, where he assisted teacher needs. Yee was principal of Mesquite Junior High School and has been a dean of students at Highland Junior High.
The board also appointed James Driscoll as assistant principal of Mesquite High School, James Louzek as assistant principal of Greenfield Junior High School, Chad Fitzgerald as assistant principal of Gilbert Junior High.
Driscoll was dean of students at Augusta Ranch and Canyon Rim elementary schools, Louzek was dean of students at Desert Ridge High School, and Fitzgerald was dean of students at the Gilbert Learning Center.