Dekalb County Schools Board of Education announced a new initiative aimed at hiring teachers in hard to fill hard to staff positions that include areas: math, science, special education, bus drivers, and school resource officers.

These compensation increases come after the Dekalb Board of Education tentatively approved the 2023-2024 budget that focused on including a cost-of-living adjustment of six percent for all eligible employees and a step increase for all step-eligible employees.

The budget includes the $2,000 retention incentive, approved by the BOE on January 9, 2023, that will be provided to all full-time benefits-eligible employees who return for the 2023-2024 school year. The additional compensation for staff includes hourly rate increases for bus drivers, paraprofessionals, and school resource officers, more school-level staff to support student health and achievement, and more custodial staff.

The tentatively approved budget is approximately $1.85 billion, with final board approval expected in June.

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