During the June 14 school board meeting the Springdale School Board voted to raise the minimum teacher salary to $50,282 for the district’s upcoming school year. The board approved adding $1,500 to the certified teacher salary schedule for a beginning teacher with a bachelor’s degree. According to Kelly Hayes, the deputy superintendent of finance, the increase will raise the average teacher’s salary by around 2.5%.
As the largest public school district in the state, Springdale had around 21,800 students last fall and approximately 1,800 certified staff members with 1,000 classified employees. The board approved a 2.5% pay increase for classified staff – which includes office staff, food service staff, maintenance workers and nurses. The Increase in certified staff pay will cost approximately $2.75 million and the increase in classified salary schedules is estimated to cost $975,000, according to Hayes.
This news came upon the heels of a statement from Governor Asa Hutchinson’s office earlier this month proposing a possible teacher salary increase up to $46,000 and implementing at least a $4,000 salary increase for teachers around the state for the 2022-2023 school year. However to date there has been no updated statements or special sessions called concerning the Governor’s proposal.
To watch the June 14 Springdale School Board meeting, click here. Monthly school board meetings take place on the second Tuesday of each month, starting at 5:00 p.m. at the District Administration Building, located at 804 W. Johnson Avenue. For more information about Springdale Public Schools, visit its website.