Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is giving some employees market adjustment raises of up to $17,000 a year, and officials say theyll disclose this week which positions are getting how much.
A raise plan approved June 26 includes market-based raises ranging from $180.95 to $17,201.60 a year for 254 salaried staff as well as boosts of up to $1,040 a year for about 5,800 hourly employees. Those raises, which are based on a 2007 market study, come in addition to the 3 percent across-the-board raises that were approved at the same time.
Teachers, executive staff and school board members got the 3 percent hike but were not eligible for market raises. All raises the first in four years for most of the districts 18,000-plus employees took effect for the year that began July 1 and will appear in August paychecks.
Since the board approved the raise plan in June, the Observer has been requesting more details about the raises for salaried staff and the study that justifies them.
On Tuesday, CMS spokeswoman Tahira Stalberte said neither would be released to the public until CMS finished notifying employees about their market raises. She provided a 2007 PowerPoint summary and a two-page excerpt from a draft of the 2007 report.
Wednesday, communications head LaTarzja Henry said CMS will detail the raises after the school board approves a final 2012-13 budget on Tuesday. She also provided the Observer a copy of the 314-page report from Deloitte Consulting. It compared CMS wages in 2006 with those in 14 other school districts, including large N.C. districts and those from similar-sized cities out of state.
The report also lists Watson Wyatt Top Management, Mercer Executive and the Economic Research Institute as sources for market salaries for top officials in human resources, finance, technology, operations and communications.
The pre-recession market report has not been updated to reflect todays environment, Henry said. The original plan was to phase in raises for those who were deemed to be underpaid, starting in 2007. Some did get raises that year, but the recession put a halt to later phases. This years market raises are delivering on the commitment made five years ago, she said.
Interim Superintendent Hugh Hattabaugh and his staff began making a public case for the raises in January, complete with videos of employees talking about the hardships of three years without raises. Most of the attention focused on the millions of county dollars being sought for across-the-board pay hikes, including teacher raises that would normally come from the state.
But that plan also included $3.6 million in county money for the market adjustment raises.
Chief Human Resource Officer Daniel Habrat told the school board that most of the market raises for salaried staff are going to assistant principals. But a list provided to the Observer also included such positions as executive director, principal, manager, administrator, analyst and coordinator.
It is not immediately clear how the five-year-old report will translate to the current workforce. Some positions have been redefined, and people hired since 2007 may not be making the same wages as their predecessors.