Some of the ways in which MMSD has invested in people include:
Increased the number of PK-12 staff from 3,497 in 2008-09 to 4,027 in 2013-14. This effectively grew the district’s total employees by 15% over 5 years (largely due to 4K implementation during this time), while maintaining a student to all staff ratio of 6.7.
Covered 100% of the cost of employees’ benefits (90% for administrators) for employees working at least 19.5 hours per week. On average, benefits cost $21,188 per teacher and $12,927 per employee annually.
Increased the starting salary 2% per year, resulting in starting pay shifting to $36,108 in 2013-14 from $32,913 in 2008-09 – effectively, a 10% increase in starting salary for teachers over a 5-year period.
Madison has the lowest student to licensed staff ratio among the five largest Wisconsin school districts.
Compensation is, by far, MMSD’s largest expense, representing 85% of all costs
Starting and average salaries for teachers are:
Low relative to other industries in Madison
Near the middle of local and regional districts
Low compared to urban school districts, which presents a challenge for recruitment
It takes longer (compared to other districts and industries) to reach maximum salaries
A large portion of a teacher’s lifetime earnings are earned near the end of a teacher’s career
MMSD spent $7.6M in 2013-2014 on stipends and additive wages (e.g., teachers taking on extra duties both during school year and summer)
Salary schedules for different roles overlap
There is no cap on the number of steps
There are limited financial incentives to pursue leadership roles
MMSD does not offer financial incentives to work in hard-to-staff subjects or schools but has sole discretion on initial placement on the salary schedule
A focus on years of service and educational attainment misses key opportunities to promote equity, student engagement, employee engagement and employee retention
Some Districts have thought and operated differently regarding teacher opportunities and compensation. Oconomowoc is one example.