Posted Date: 09/09/2019
EPS Announces Pay Raises for Employees
Enid Public Schools’ district compensation for first-year teachers will now exceed $40,000, following a vote by the Enid Board of Education Monday night.
Board members approved the historic move, along with a comprehensive raise package for all certified and support employees, following negotiations with the Enid Education Association and the Enid Support Personnel Organization.
With the increase, EPS will continue to offer one of the best teacher compensation packages in Northwest Oklahoma – an average of $3,800/step more than the state minimum salary schedule. The updated compensation schedule – $40,100 in salary and district-paid retirement for bachelor-level, first-year teachers – also will allow the district to compete financially with metro-area districts that have passed the $40,000 mark as well.
As a part of the raise package, all school employees also received a $250 back-to-school bonus/stipend. Support employees were surprised with the funds during the district’s convocation event in early August, while certified employees will receive their bonus/stipend on August 20.
“We are thrilled that we were able to provide a pay increase to all certified and support employees this fall,” Superintendent Dr. Darrell Floyd said. “Every person in the district plays a vital role in the success of our schools, and we must ensure that we can recruit and retain the very best team for our students. We appreciate their hard work and dedication to the district, and we are pleased to be able to better compensate them for their valuable contribution. We also appreciate our great working relationship with EEA and ESPO.”
Certified employees will receive – on average – an increase of $2,150 more than the 2018-19 school year, including the back-to-school bonus/stipend, a step raise, $125 added to each step, and $1,220 provided by the State of Oklahoma. The increase follows significant raises last year, ranging from more than $5,250 to $7,974 per teacher.
In addition to their bonus/stipend, EPS support employees will receive a five-cent/hour raise, plus their annual step raise. The increase follows a $1.21/hour across the board support raise last year.