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School Board Maximizes Salary Increase for FCPS Employees

The Fayette County Board of Education voted on June 13 to approve a 2022-23 salary schedule that ensures every contracted FCPS employee will:

  1. Make more money next year than they did this year.
  2. Receive a pay increase of at least 3 percent on top of any step increases for experience and education they are eligible to receive.
  3. Earn at least $15.55 an hour.

Under current revenue calculations, FCPS is projected to receive $3.3 million in additional SEEK dollars for salary raises. The school board has committed nearly eight times these additional funds to investing in the staff who make our work for students and families possible. This features:

  • An additional $12 million for hourly employees, which includes $1.1 million for the step increases for years of service.
  • An additional $12.3 million for salaried employees, which includes $3.9 million for the step increases for education and experience.
  • An additional $2 million for two optional workdays that allow teachers to receive extra pay for some of the time they spend getting their classrooms ready before the school year begins.

These salary increases are in addition to the 2 percent salary increase all contracted FCPS employees received in 2021-22. The new salary schedules also reflect the changes recommended as part of the classified compensation study, such as reducing the number of pay grades from 30 to 20, and reclassifying positions to ensure pay rates are in line with competitive market values.

“We scrutinized the budget to maximize the salary increases for our employees,” said Fayette County Board of Education Chair Tyler Murphy. “In reality, though, the incredible people who work in our schools every day are worth more than we can ever pay them.”

Superintendent Demetrus Liggins agreed. “In a world where salaries reflected the importance of the work you do, school employees would have the multimillion-dollar contracts currently enjoyed by professional athletes and movie stars,” he said.

Contact: Lisa Deffendall, district spokeswoman, (859) 699-1441

Posted June 14, 2022