File:  GCBA - Instructional Staff Contracts/Compensation/Salary Schedules

NOTE: While Colorado school districts are not required by law to adopt a policy on this subject, some content in this sample reflects legal requirements school districts must follow.  This sample contains the content/language that CASB believes best meets the intent of the law.  However, the district should consult with its own legal counsel to determine appropriate language that meets local circumstances and needs.

The Board annually shall adopt a salary schedule for its regular teaching personnel and shall place each teacher in the school district on the salary schedule at least commensurate with, but not limited to, education, prior experience and experience in the district.  The schedule adopted by the Board shall remain in effect until changed or modified by the Board in accordance with law.  If the Board declares a fiscal emergency during a budget year as allowed by state law and discussed in policy DBK*, salaries may be reduced for all employees on a proportional basis or the work year of employees may be altered.  Any such reduction in salaries may be made notwithstanding any adopted salary schedule or policy.

Salary increments shall be conditioned upon evidence of the continued professional growth of the teacher.  Within the framework of state statutes, employees who do not comply with the requirements of the Board and state may not be granted salary increases or may not be retained on the staff.

Placement on the salary schedule shall be in accordance with requirements developed by the administration and approved by the Board.

The district shall comply with statutory provisions regarding salary schedules.

(Adoption date)

LEGAL REFS.:  C.R.S. 22-32-110 (5) (agreement with employee group cannot exceed one year term,
   unless subject to reopener on salaries and benefits)

C.R.S. 22-44-115.5(2) (reductions in salary or alteration of work year due to fiscal emergency)

C.R.S. 22-60.5-110(renewal of teacher license)

C.R.S. 22-63-401 through 403 (teacher compensation laws)

C.R.S 22-69-101 et seq.(grant program for alternative teacher compensation plans)

CROSS REFS.: DBK*, Fiscal Emergencies

GCQA, Instructional Staff Reduction in Force

NOTE:  If a policy such as the above has been established through negotiations, that fact should be so noted.  Under state law, no agreement may commit revenues beyond a period of one year unless the agreement has a provision for reopening the portion related to salaries and benefits.  Actual salary schedules might follow as exhibits coded GCBA-E.

[Revised July 2008]