ROGERSVILLE — Rogersville City School's new goal is to make the maximum payout in the new state-mandated teacher incentive bonus program.
On Tuesday, the RCS Board of Education approved the new differentiated pay plan which adds a performance element to teachers' salary scale based on the "overall effectiveness scores" they will receive at the end of each school year beginning in 2014-15.
Teachers will be scored at five levels, with Level 5 being highest.
Beginning at the end of 2014-15, RCS teachers who receive an overall effectiveness score at Level 5 will receive a $500 bonus; Level 4 scores earn teachers $400; Level three scores earn $300; and scores in the Level 2 and Level 1 range don't result in a bonus.
RCS' maximum payout based on the current number of certified teachers would be $24,000.
School Director Rebecca Isaacs told the BOE Tuesday she was hoping there would be some state funding accompanying this state-mandated program, but it has apparently been cut from the governor's budget.
"I do recommend approval of this plan," Isaacs said. "This is actually a mandate by the state. In accordance with the new laws, our pay scale can't just be based on years of experience and degrees. It has to have a performance element."
The plan was approved unanimously by the RCS BOE.
RCS has already scored straight A's on the state report card for academic performance seven years in a row, and this past year scored straight A's in the value added category as well, which measures academic growth.
"I hope we get to spend $24,000," said board member Dr. Scott Trent.
In other business Tuesday, the BOE: