The Tacoma School Board on Thursday approved a three-year agreement between the school district and the Tacoma Principals’ Association.
The agreement calls for maintaining the existing salary schedule for the coming school year. Depending on experience, principals will earn up to $128,000 at high schools, $118,000 at middle schools and $113,000 at elementary schools. Assistant principals will earn 90 percent of those levels.
Both parties have agreed to explore an alternative salary schedule for the 2013-14 school year. If an agreement can’t be reached, future salaries will be determined by the School Information and Research Service salary survey.
Tacoma principals will receive $2,250 each year for professional development and dues. The agreement doubles the total budget for principal development through the Principals Leadership Academy – going from $25,000 to $50,000. Principals are required to participate in professional growth activities facilitated by the academy.
The principals and school district have also agreed to form a committee to establish an annual four-tier evaluation based on standards set by the state Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. To receive any salary increase, principals must not receive any unsatisfactory grades on an evaluation.
The principals agreement will remain in effect until June 2015 unless the district has a significant loss in revenue, at which point both parties can renegotiate.