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Re: Asking for a raise
Posted by Education versus Real World on 1/21/2020, 3:50 pm, in reply to "Asking for a raise
I think you are now understanding the difference between private industry and teachers. As someone said, you are on a set scale with a set stipend. If there are other assistants in the district all assistants receive the same stipend. You are unlikely to be able to argue "value" to you over someone else in your district. If you want to control your own wages own your own business or go to private industry where you can argue your value to profit. And that was a flippant response. Does your math teacher negotiate a higher salary because they increased the passing rate by 5%? Nope. They get paid per day based on the district pay scale.
You could maybe argue for a longer contract, (more days means more pay because your contract is based on a daily amount x the number of days). In my district heads worked a certain number of days, assistants fewer. Some department heads worked more days so they had earlier start dates or end dates. That was the only way your salary changed beyond the blanket % raised by the school board annually.
As a young band director, I have a hard time asking for what I need.
Veteran band directors, how would you ask for a raise? I'll be finishing up my 3rd year as a HS Asst. band director. I have helped change the culture in the program in both marching and concert band. I've had the highest ratings consecutively in concert and sight reading with my NV and SNV bands compared to my coworkers. There has been a tremendous amount of change in this program since I've been here, paired with a tremendous amount of stress!
I would love to stay here but I live month to month (school loans suck!). I also don't want to sound cocky or spoiled when asking for more money.
Who should I talk to? Head band director or straight to my fine arts director?