Teacher compensation in Prince William County is studied

According to a consultant’s report presented to the Prince William County School Board, teachers leave Prince William County school to go to Fairfax at the same rate that an equal number of staff members go to Prince William from Fairfax.

The Prince William Times reports that Prince William County Public Schools is behind other Northern Virginia school divisions in the lower steps of the teacher salary scales; however, they “are fairly competitive at mid-range, and above average at the top end of the scales.”

Segal Waters Consulting recommends several changes to the pay scale to help retain teachers. “They include adjusting the scale to reflect market rates throughout the salary scale and boosting tuition reimbursements for teachers and support staff, with a focus on encouraging staff to pursue teacher certification.”

The 2015-16 Total Compensation Market Study reports that PWCS has a teacher turnover rate of 10 percent. Exit surveys show that the top three reasons staff leave are spousal transfers, long commute, and family responsibilities.

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