Virginia school system gets little response for Triangle job fair


RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. (WNCN) – The Roanoke, Virginia public school system is holding a job fair in the Research Triangle Park in an effort to lure teachers.

Interviews are being conducted from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Raleigh-Durham Airport. As of 1 p.m., only one person had interviewed.

Signing bonuses are available for Special Education and Mathematics positions, ranging from $2,000 – $10,000.

The Roanoke City Public Schools salary scale starts at $39,287 for someone with a bachelor’s degree and no experience. The pay rate goes to $45,799 for 10 years of service and $55,854 with 20 years of service. Master’s Degrees add $2,000-$3,000 more.

In comparison, before local supplements, North Carolina public schools – for the current school year – start teachers at $35,000 for someone without NBPTS Certification and $39,200 for someone with that certification.

In Wake County, which includes local supplements, a starting teacher at a traditional calendar school with no experience can expect to start at $41,037.50 without national board certification.

In Roanoke, there are openings in these areas: Special Education, Mathematics, Spanish / French, English, Elementary, Speech Pathologist, Psychologist, Social Studies and Health/Physical Education.

To register, you can e-mail your resume to Lydia Foltz at lfoltz@rcps.info or call 540-853-2503.

To see the complete 2016-17 Roanoke City School teacher salary scale, please click here.

To see the complete 2015-2016 Wake County Schools teacher salary scale, please click here.

To see the complete 2015-2016 North Carolina public schools teacher salary scale, please click here.

The North Carolina Democratic Party’s Executive Director Kimberly Reynolds will be speaking outside of the hiring event at noon to draw attention to what she calls “the GOP-led General Assembly’s failure to act to retain and properly compensate North Carolina public school teachers.”

A new North Carolina budget plan announced by Republicans Tuesday calls for a teacher pay increase of 4.7 percent and an average teacher increase from $47,783 to $54,224 over the next three years.

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