SPRINGFIELD, Mo.–Springfield Public Schools says it’s the number one district in the region at compensating teachers. After working in the district for 30 years, teachers can earn $1.6 million in total income.
Because of the competitive compensation SPS offers its teachers, the district doesn’t t have any problems in attracting them to work there. It’s the part time positions like bus drivers and cafeteria workers where they are experiencing the most need.
“When we see a real strong economy, we sometimes do have difficulty with some positions, keeping those filled because there are opportunities full-time in other areas of employment in our region and and so nutrition services and bus drivers, we’re always looking fo employees in those and in other areas,” says SPS Human Resources Officer, Penney Rector.
Although bus drivers and cafeteria workers only work part-time, they are still given benefits-something Rector hopes will be an incentive for more part-time workers to work there.
“One of the great benefits that we offer is for employees who work with us for 20 hours or more, they’re entitled to benefits and so that is not customary in most positions,” says Rector.
Competitive wages and benefits even for part-time employees are some of the ways SPS is trying to make it the best school district to work for.
“We are highly competitive and we believe that’s a factor in being able to draw candidates to our district and also not just getting them here, but we want employees to commit to a long-term relationship with our school district,” says Rector.
If employees make a long-term commitment to the district, it can lead to financial security in the seven figure range.
“A teacher coming into our district and spending ten years at a bachelor’s level and then moving to a masters because they’ve obtained a degree and then spending the next 20 years on that level, that’s a $1.6 million income for that teacher in that 30 year period using today’s dollars,” says Rector.
If you’d like to apply to become a bus driver or nutrition worker, click https://www.sps.org