Guilford County Proposed Salary Increase to Retain and Recruit Teachers

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HIGH POINT, NC (WGHP) – Guilford County teachers could soon see more money on their paychecks. It is up to the county commission to make the final vote on the budget proposed by the Board of Education.

An UNCG graduate who is embarking on a full-time job in education says her hope is to stay in the county. A possible salary increase would help him make this final decision.

Ashley Greenfield just got her Bachelor of Science in English. She returned to class but in a different role.

“The next step is to get a teaching job and hopefully get into a good school, so that I can fulfill my accomplishments in becoming a successful teacher,” Greenfield said.

She has been a student teacher at Guilford County Schools for a few months. Now with her degree, she’s ready for the real thing. Greenfield is among thousands of graduates ready to enter schools across the state, schools in desperate need of teachers.

As a graduate of Southwest Guilford High School in High Point, Greenfield’s ideal scenario would be to stay in the county, but she says the price has to be right.

“I wanted to do it to help and raise kids, but with someone coming out of school with $70,000 in debt, it’s very important that we have a high enough salary to take care of not just our lives. , like possibly buying a house, maybe getting married,” Greenfield said.

Future and current Guilford County teachers have elected officials watching over them. The school board‘s proposed budget includes $18.75 million in new funds to allow for salary increases for teachers and principals.

The distribution of funds is as follows:

  • $10 million to increase the supplement for local teachers
  • $5.5 million to adjust salaries based on initial results of a study of salaries for classified personnel
  • $3.25 million to improve salary supplements for local managers and assistant managers

Leaders taking the initiative to help teachers financially is something that gives Greenfield hope to start his career and put down permanent roots here in Guilford County.

“When I started I was even thinking of going home to Virginia because of the salary…but I love Greensboro and I’ve built my community here so I don’t really want to leave. So if they give us a better pay, we are more likely to stay,” she said.

County commissioners will discuss the budget request and vote on funding in June.

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