The new performance-based pay in Perrysburg Schools was chosen by about one-third of teachers in January and at least a dozen more are looking to to switch to that compensation next school year.
Teachers have until June 6 to make that decision. Eighty-six of the Perrysburg's 300 teacher have already signed up for the performance-based pay.
The labor agreement between the school district and teachers union allows teachers to opt into performance-based pay or to keep the traditional compensation method which would provide a 1.25 percent pay increase each of the next two years. The performance-based pay scale, if achieved to the maximum, would give a teacher the same 1.25 percent raise plus a $2,000 bonus.
"It is all going well; there have been a lot of unknowns that we are working through," said Aura Norris, executive director of Perrysburg Schools human resources and operations. "The feedback has been positive, but of course it is not the end of the year yet when scores are out."
The performance pay is being graded on a point system from 0-100. Teachers can earn up to 20 points in five categories: organizational leadership, student growth, personal growth, collaboration, and attendance. The goal for teachers is at least 70 points to earn a new pay level, $1,400 bonus, and the 1.25 percent increase.
A team of administrators and teachers is considering seeking adjustments in certain parts of the program. For example, what weight and points, if any, should be given for extracurricular activities, from a teacher simply attending a school play or volunteering for an after-school program.
Teachers that opt-in by June 6 will receive another $1,000 bonus just for opting-in the program. The bonus money was funded by a Ohio Department of Education grant of $225,000 to implement the system. Teachers that opted in by January received a $1,500 bonus.
While Ms. Norris was surprised and happy so many teachers have opted in the new program, she understands that some teachers don't want to worry about the new system.
The performance based pay scale has also been a recruiting tool while posting job openings, Ms. Norris said, and it has worked to lure teachers from districts which don't have performance-based pay.
"At the end of the day we want to have the best teachers," she said.