Not Waiting for AZ Budget to Raise Pay

Not Waiting for AZ Budget to Raise Pay
Mar 24, 2017

SUSD Not Waiting for Arizona Budget to Raise Teacher Pay

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (March 24, 2017) Scottsdale public school teachers just got a surprise bump in pay for next school year. This week, the Scottsdale Unified School District Governing Board approved a compensation package for the 2017-2018 fiscal year that will give certified teachers a 2% raise. That pay increase is made possible through administrative spending cuts and reallocation of current dollars. 

“Rather than waiting for a state budget to pass, we decided to be proactive,” said Superintendent Dr. Denise Birdwell. “We jumped back into our own budget to see where we could get creative and be even more efficient.”

 The district is able to reallocate funds to provide more than $2.5 million in additional compensation.

Where is the money coming from?

  • Administrative expense cuts
  • Efficiencies within the existing budget

 Where is it going?

  • 2% raise for certified teachers
  • 1% raise for hourly employees not impacted by the state minimum wage increase
  • Increase in starting salaries for teachers

The reallocation of funds demonstrates the Governing Board’s commitment to classroom spending. This same commitment was behind the district’s decision to invest last year’s Proposition 123 funds into teacher pay. The Scottsdale Unified School district is dedicated to continuing to place dollars in teacher salaries as additional funding becomes available through the state budgeting process.

Scottsdale Unified School District, where we Engage, Educate and Empower Every Student, Every Day. The Scottsdale Unified School District offers 30 schools, serving approximately 24,000 students. School boundaries include parts of Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, Phoenix and Tempe. More information about SUSD can be found at

 # # #