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Nearly 300 Havasu teachers could receive performance pay

August 24, 2018

Nearly 300 Lake Havasu City teachers could receive $3,500 apiece this year as part of the state’s Prop. 301 initiative.

Lake Havasu Unified School District Governing Board members reviewed the framework for the district’s performance pay plan for the school year during Tuesday’s board meeting.

Prop. 301, also known as the classroom site fund, was passed by Arizona voters in 2000, creating additional funding for public education through sales tax. According to Jaime Festa-Daigle, director of personnel and technology for the district, 40 percent of the funds are set aside for performance pay to eligible teachers who meet certain performance levels outlined by the district.

The district says the state estimates classroom site funds for the year based on a formula of $423 per student, with about 270 eligible certificated staff members sharing the funds.

In a unanimous vote Tuesday, the district’s board approved the framework for the 2018-2019 fiscal year performance pay plan, which “sets out guidelines for qualifying, measurement and appeal,” wrote Festa-Daigle in an email.

“There were no significant changes to the (2018-2019 fiscal year) plan,” she added. “Being that there will be specialists at the elementary school level for the year (PE) or a semester (music and art), goals will be developed in those areas.”

According to documents from the district, there are three components a teacher must accomplish to be considered for performance pay, and they are:

• Site-based goals, such as student achievement, professional development and parent communication/involvement

• Individual performances

• Classification on the spring summative evaluation.

According to Festa-Daigle, the fund is paid out three times annually and, while it’s not mandatory, there’s about 100 percent participation in the plan. She added that one teacher in the 2015-2016 fiscal year chose not to participate and that there are others who do not qualify for the funds.

With Tuesday’s passage, each site can develop performance goals that are attached to the funds, wrote Festa-Daigle. The plans will go before the school board in October for final approval.

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