Human Capital Management

DeKalb County School District offers competitive salaries — one of the top five highest starting teacher salary in the metro Atlanta area. DeKalb County Schools also provides credit for prior verifiable teaching experience that meets state requirements, and a comprehensive medical insurance plan. We invite you to share in the rich, personal satisfaction of belonging to a community of educators who are dedicated to helping children learn and live better lives. Our primary goal is to recruit, develop, and retain exceptional employees who are committed to promoting educational excellence.

  • Teachers have strong instructional support available at the local school level. Instructional specialists and administrative coordinators work directly on site with teachers and students in local schools.
  • Teachers find that career choices are greater in a large, diverse school district. Individuals who begin their careers in DeKalb County Schools have the opportunity to explore broader fields of interest in counseling, administration, computer education, transportation, purchasing, communications, finance, and other areas.
  • Comprehensive professional development courses, which provide a wide array of topics throughout the year, ranging from classroom management to assessment of student performance. Professional development courses offer several positive factors—they are free, convenient, and custom tailored to meet many career needs. Stipends are available for some courses.
  • Innovative programs in comprehensive educational programs for exceptional children, ranging in age from newborns to young adults. A dedicated support team for special needs students may include school psychologists, teachers in various areas of exceptionalities, social workers, school administrators, paraprofessionals, and parent volunteers.
  • An information-rich environment thanks to a strong technology network. This powerful technology infrastructure of hardware and software links instruction and administration district wide. Teachers have computers and telephones in their rooms and utilize an electronic grade book.
  • Teachers have ample opportunity to pursue graduate degrees with easy access to such institutions such as Agnes Scott College, Clark Atlanta University, Emory University, Georgia State University, Georgia Tech, Morehouse and Spelman College, Oglethorpe University, University of Georgia, and a host of other fine postgraduate colleges and universities within the metro Atlanta area.

It is the policy of DeKalb County School District not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, or disability in any employment practice, educational program, or any other program, activity, or service. If you wish to request an accommodation or modification or to make a complaint due to discrimination in any program, activity, or service, contact Legal Affairs at 678.676.0181.

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Compensation Classification

DeKalb County School District’s wage and salary program for all staff members is based on the administrative practices established for the District. The same salary schedules are used for all classifications to maintain internal equity within the District.

Our compensation philosophy is to pay wage and salary rates, which are sufficient to attract, motivate, and retain a highly qualified and competent work force. Our goal is to provide employees with a total rewards package that is competitive with other school districts. Though an employee’s pay is usually the most visible part of compensation, DeKalb County Schools’ total rewards package includes a number of great benefits.

This page provides information concerning Classifications, Salary Ranges, and the Classification Appeals Process. See our frequently asked questions, for details regarding your Rewards Package. We also recommend that you review all the information on this page and then contact us for clarification or additional information.

Disclaimer: Information contained within this website only summarizes compensation information for interested individuals. If there is a discrepancy between the information in this website and current compensation documents, the current documents obtained in the Division of Human Resources will always govern. DeKalb County School District reserves the right to modify, alter or discontinue these reference materials for any reason.

In keeping with the Strategic Plan Goal 3: “Operational Effectiveness, DeKalb County School District is committed to building a culture of accountability and operational effectiveness”. As a result, an Organizational Restructuring and Salary Study was initiated in November 2011.

From the review of the 380+ job titles, 17 job classifications were identified. The 17 job classifications were further refined into 2-3 sub-classifications to address the differences in the skill levels and requirements within the job classification, e.g., Paraprofessional I, II; Manager I, II, III; Technician I, II, III, etc.

Note: The levels I, II, and III are not intended to be a progression metric for employees to seek salary upgrades or additions. They are leveled to distinguish the job responsibilities and requirements of a particular position and not the employee.

The salary ranges for all classifications are based on an annualized work schedule of 237 days for the 2012—2013 fiscal year. Annualization allows employees to see the relationship between jobs. Recognizing that some positions work fewer than the 237 days, e.g., Paraprofessional: 183 days, Bus Drivers: 178 days; etc., the actual true range for each job title may be found by expanding the appropriate job classification.

The difference between the minimum and maximum salary for each classification level has been divided into 20 equal units. Each unit is used as a “step” or “tier” to differentiate the initial placement of each employee to maintain relativity among current employees within the pay grade.

As required by Georgia law (O.C.G.A. 160-5-2-.05), all certified educators in teaching positions will be paid in accordance with Experience for Salary Purposes. For non-certified positions, the new salary structure will no longer acknowledge “longevity steps” as recent financial conditions have not allowed for pay raises and “longevity steps” on an annual basis are unrealistic at this time. Once an employee in a non-certified position is placed on the new salary schedule, the salary remains until the BOE approves a cost of living adjustment (COLA) or any other salary increase measures on a percentage or flat rate. The salary schedule will then be adjusted based on the decision of the Board of Education (BOE).

DeKalb County School District has established a Classification Appeals Process (the “Process”). The process is a course of action by which any full-time employee of DeKalb County School District can address concerns about his or her classification as determined by the Organizational Restructuring and Salary Study.

As we continue to strengthen the Compensation Structure for all employees of DeKalb County School District, be advised that the Classification Appeals Process has been temporarily suspended until further notice.

Contact us with questions or concerns regarding your salary placement.

Compensation & Classification Manager
678.676.0214
– administration
– policy and procedure
Retirement Analyst
678.676.0362
– retirement processes
– separation notices
Compensation Specialist
678.676.0182
– position specifications
– salary schedules
– exemption inquiries
– surveys
Compensation Analyst
678.676.0345 |
678.676.0365 |
678.676.0235
– salary placement & adjustments
(certified, classified, RRTW, substitute)
– supplemental salary placement & adjustments
– evaluation of salary service credit
Compensation Secretary
678.676.0328 |
678.676.0399
– extra activity assignment
– employee data changes
– employment & experience verification
– wage & salary verification
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Teacher Salary Schedule

Staff Directory

As a reminder, all Substitutes must work at least 10 days during the School Year in order to be renewed.

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Employment Benefits

The Board of Education provides long-term disability insurance. Additional optional benefits available for which the employee pays part or all of the costs include dependent coverage, dental insurance, health insurance, vision insurance, short-term disability insurance, and life insurance.

Personal Sick Leave
Employees earn 1.25 sick days per month and may accumulate up to 190 days. Three days each year are usable for personal or professional leave, and three days each year may be used for bereavement or religious leave.
Sick Leave Bank
The sick leave bank is voluntary and provides protection to an employee who must be absent from duty due to a catastrophic personal health condition and who has exhausted all accumulated personal sick leave.
Teacher Retirement Plan
The Teachers Retirement System of Georgia is one of the best in the nation with 14.27 percent of salary paid by the Board of Education with teachers contributing only 6.00 percent.
Professional Development
DeKalb County Schools recognizes the need for employees to grow professionally and offers needs-driven professional development classes which are tied to the curriculum and focus on the Board of Education’s goals. Stipends are paid for some professional development courses.

Board-Sponsored Life Insurance

DeKalb County School District provides Basic Life Insurance, Accidental Death & Dismemberment (AD&D), and Survivor Income Benefit (SIB) rolled into one package for our employees. It is very important to make sure your beneficiary information is always up to date (marriage, divorce, birth of a child, etc).

Certification

All professional educators in DeKalb County School District are required to adhere to certification rules and guidelines set forth by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (PSC). According to the Official Code of Georgia Annotated (OCGA) section 20-2-200, all teachers, service personnel, administrators, and paraprofessionals must hold a certificate issued by the Georgia PSC.

Georgia PSC Rule 505-2-01(9) stipulates that it is the responsibility of the individual educator to meet all requirements and to maintain a valid certificate. Professional educators should not allow their educator’s certificates to lapse. Failure to maintain a valid and highly qualified certificate at all times, in accordance with Georgia law, may be considered grounds for termination or nonrenewal of contract.

The Georgia PSC handles all matters pertaining to the issuance of teaching certificates in the state of Georgia. For information on eligibility, reciprocity, testing requirements, and applications, please contact the Georgia PSC directly.

Certificated staff must hold a valid Georgia certificate in the field to which assigned. Any teacher who does not teach in the field for which they were properly certified and trained will not be considered “highly qualified.”

Professional Learning provides certification assistance through alternative routes to teacher certification.

under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965

The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965 requires school districts that receive federal Title I funding to notify parents of their right to know the professional qualifications of the classroom teachers and paraprofessionals who instruct their child. As a recipient of these funds, the Human Resources department will provide you with this information in a timely manner upon request. Specifically, you have the right to request the following information about each of your child’s classroom teachers and paraprofessionals:

  • whether the teacher meets the state qualifications and licensing criteria for the grades and subjects he or she teaches
  • whether the teacher is teaching under emergency or provisional status because of special circumstances
  • the teacher’s college major, whether the teacher has any advanced degrees, and the field of discipline of the certification or degree
  • whether paraprofessionals provide services to your child and, if so, their qualifications

If you would like to receive any of the information listed above for your child’s teacher, please contact
certification support
.

GACE Program

Two GACE assessments types are required for all professional certificates in the state of Georgia:

Basic Skills Assessment
Assesses knowledge and skills in the areas of reading, mathematics, and writing. The assessment is composed of three tests. The reading and mathematics tests each consist of selected-response questions; the writing test consists of selected-response questions and a constructed-response assignment.
Content Assessments
Tests a variety of content knowledge areas. Each middle grades assessment is a single test that consists of selected-response questions and constructed-response assignments. All other content assessments are composed of two tests. Each test consists of selected-response questions and one or more constructed-response assignments.

Staff Directory

Title/Role/Responsibility Name Phone Number
Chief officer, human capital management Dr. Leo Brown 678.6760.168
Office specialist Wanda Ngote 678.676.0168
Director of employment services Everett Patrick 678.676.0177
Administrative assistant Naimah Holmes 678.676.0177
Director of staff services Stephanie McKenzie 678.676.0342
Address, phone, and name changes Debbie Brooks 678.676.0399
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Robin Goolsby 678.676.0391
certification
certificate issuance
Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators (GACE) exam info
certification renewal
employer assurance forms
parents right to know
Kimberly Cooper
Beonka Anthony
678.676.0349
code of ethics for educators
employee discipline
678.676.0310
criminal background check Everett Patrick

Naimah Holmes

678.676.0177
credit union deductions Debbie Brooks 678.676.0399
employment—Region 1 Julie Fincher

Cynthia McKenzie

678.676.0224

678.676.0169

employment—Region II Antoinette Seabrook

Ariel Baker

678.676.0195

678.676.0220

employment—Region III Jatisha Marsh

Diijon Dacosta

678.676.0189

678.676.0199

employment—Region IV Angelica Collins

Kenyarda Berrian

678.676.0501

678.676.0223

employment—Region V Tracia Cloud
Dorothy Norton
678-676-0341
678-676-0530
employment—Central Office Fonda Price
Adrienne Francois
678.676.0356
678.676.0537
procurement
recruitment fairs, job fairs, etc
Mildred Campbell 678.676.0185
employment and experience verifications (written)
written verification of employment (mortgages, apts, housing, etc.)
dates of employment and salary
wage and salary verification for accident information
Kristen Buchanan 678.676.0328
extended leave of absence Phyllis Chaney

Myra Sistrunk

678.676.0255

678.676.0447

Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) Kori Davis 678.676.0351
customer service 678.676.0005
insurance
health
vision
optional life
dental
short-term disability
long-term disability
beneficiary changes
Andrea Aplin

Annette Diaz-Guadalupe

Cheryl Poteat

678.676.0011
job specifications Nichole Burkett 678.676.0182
open records request
production of documents, depositions, and subpoenas
Derek Carson

Audrey Qualls

678.676.0297

678.676.0203

Employment—PATS(Paperless Application Tracking System) and HR portal Janitrea Sebree-Kelly 678.676.0795
receptionist Betty Pittman 678.676.0171
records Debra Sawyer

Toni Ward

Lola Scott

Stephanie North

678.676.0340

678.676.0294

678.676.0179

678.676.0295

release from contracts
resignations
terminations
Everett Patrick

Naimah Holmes

678.676.0177

678.676.0356

request to review employee personnel file Lola Scott 678.676.0179
retirees returning to work (hourly rate determinations) Meta Simon 678.676.0235
retirement counseling (certified and classified)
Teacher Retirement System (TRS)
Public School Employees Retirement System (PSERS)
purchase (buy back) of retirement service
continued health/dental coverage
Sonya Taylor 678.676.0362
compensation & classification administration Nichole Burkett 678.676.0182
salary information (certified personnel)pay adjustment
salary questions
evaluation of service credit for salary
contracts for employment
Danielle Mashack 678.676.0345
salary information (educational support professionals)salary questions
pay adjustments
evaluation of service credit for salary
Andre Shackelford
Meta Simon
678.676.0365
678.676.0235
sick leave bank Myra Sistrunk 678.676.0447
sick leave transfers to Danielle Mashack 678.676.0345
state reporting Janitrea Sebree-Kelly

John Brown

6786760343

678.676.0745

student loan deferment requests Kristen Buchanan 678.676.0328
AESOP Substitute Procurement System AESOP Technical Assistance 678.676.0352
tax-sheltered annuities (personal)
tax withholdings-federal and state
TSA/TRS processing & long-term disability
Debbie Brooks

Meta Simon

678.676.0399

678.676.0235