Bartholomew County School Corporation employs about 700 teachers district-wide. For the upcoming school year, 84 teachers are new hires.
Many of those will work at Clifty Creek Elementary–a Columbus school that’s transitioning to a technology driven learning environment. That change requires teachers with more specialized skills so last year, the district offered a special retirement package to open up several spots for teachers at Clifty Creek.
In addition to normal turnover, 57 teachers took advantage of the retirement, and the district hired new teachers in their place.
Superintendent John Quick says even though the school corporation hired more people, it shouldn’t have to spend that much more because incoming teachers are younger and therefore have lower salaries.
“I think our average new hire is a masters and one and people who retire tend to have a masters and thirty years or more. So there is usually about a $25,000savings to the district.”
Teachers in Bartholomew County begin their first day August 3rd with students following on August 6th.