FRONT ROYAL – The Warren County School Board approved the 2019-2020 salary scales at its work session on Wednesday.

The revisions of the pay scales include a minimum 3 percent salary increase for all school division employees. The updated pay scales will also see the implementation of the first of three phased increases in teacher pay.

Teachers who have 11 to 25 years of teaching experience will see anywhere from a 7 to 13 percent increase in order for Warren County to be competitive with other local school divisions. Bus drivers will also see a pay bump as part of phase one in order to stay competitive in the region.

“It’s really nice that the Board of Supervisors gave us enough funding to be able to do that entire group of folks all at once,” said school superintendent Greg Drescher. “It’s going to make a difference and we’ll see an improvement in out staff retention.”

Phase two of the teacher pay increase, which will focus on teachers with zero to 10 years of experience, and phase three, which focuses on teachers with 26-30 years of experience, are planned to be rolled out over the next few years.

The School Board also approved four teaching positions. Two of the positions will be division-wide English language teachers who will be available to work at all nine schools in the division. Another position will be a reading specialist who will work at Warren County and Skyline middle schools. The final position will be held open until the 2019-2020 school year begins and will be used where needed.

Drescher said these positions are on based on the priorities at Warren County schools.

“There are very many more priorities than these four positions are going to do, but these are our top ones that we need,” he said.

The total cost of the four teaching positions will be $267,276, and that amount was included in the adopted fiscal year 2020 budget that was passed last week.

– Contact Donald Lambert at dlambert@nvdaily.com