At its meeting this past week, Mount Carmel School’s board approved the school’s first ever strategic master plan, which included a planning priority to making teacher salaries competitive by increasing salaries for the second time in two years.
“This is just one more example of how our board and leadership are moving the school forward to provide the best Catholic education we can in our region,” said school president Galvin Deleon Guerrero. “We are committed to improving teaching and learning by raising salaries, updating our curriculum, and improving our facilities and student support services, which are all included in the strategic plan.”
The plan is the result of a two-year process of engaging stakeholders, including students, parents, faculty, staff, administrators, board members, and even the school’s alumni.
The Strategic Planning Committee, which was chaired by board vice chair and 2005 alumni Jacqueline Che, identified six planning priorities for the plan: school finances, teaching and learning, student support services, facilities and resources, Catholicity, and supplemental programs. Each planning priority features a set of strategic objectives supported by specific action plans to move those objectives and priorities forward.
One strategic objective is making teacher salaries competitive in the current job market, in order to recruit and retain highly effective teachers. The board actually began fulfilling that objective when it raised teacher salaries by 14 percent two years ago, which was the first time that the school’s teachers had gotten a raise in over a decade. For the upcoming 2017-2018 school year, the board voted to raise salaries by 5 percent as part of a long-term, sustainable plan to make salaries competitive.
School principal Frances Taimanao was very happy with the board’s decision. As she put it, “This is a great way to show appreciation to our teachers, especially those who have been with us for many years. …This salary increase honors their commitment and dedication to our school.” (MCS)