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Group photo of teachers from Cape Hatteras Secondary School.
Hannah Nash
Dare County Schools is pleased to announce an increase in local compensation for teachers and support staff, effective July 1, 2024, made possible through the support of the Dare County Board of Commissioners.
The Dare County Board of Commissioners recently approved a $1,631,841 increase in its local appropriation. The additional funding translates to an increase of up to $2,000 for licensed (certified) teachers annually. For the first time, full-time support staff (classified employees) will receive $1,000 annually. This applies to all classified employees who are currently not eligible to earn incentive pay.
The current appropriation, only available to certified teachers, ranges from $4,000 - $6,250 annually based on years of experience. The new supplement scale is as follows:

Dare County’s Teacher Supplement Scale: Effective July 1, 2024

Based on Years of Experience

  • 0 - 5 Years: $6,000
  • 6 - 10 Years: $6,250
  • 11 - 15 Years: $6,500
  • 16 - 20 - Years: $6,750
  • 21 - 30 Years: $7,000
  • 31 - 35 Years: $8,000 36 and Above: $8,250

The decision was a collaborative effort between the Dare County Board of Education’s Recruitment and Retention Committee and the Dare County Board of Commissioners. This initiative underscores the district's and the county’s commitment to valuing and supporting its outstanding educators and employees; recognizing their ongoing efforts to support the students in Dare County Schools.

“I am so grateful to everyone for their efforts, hard work, and unwavering commitment to make this increase a reality,” stated Dare County Schools Superintendent Steve Basnight. “We are all thrilled to be able to provide our staff with this additional compensation in acknowledgment of the tremendous job they do for the students in Dare County Schools. As we are wrapping up a successful 2023-2024 and looking forward to the possibilities of 2024-2025, I want our staff to know that their hard work and dedication to our students is greatly appreciated and is not going unnoticed.”

Teachers, school administrators, and non-teaching positions in North Carolina schools are employed by local boards of education, but are primarily funded through state funds. In addition to the state salary, an appropriation may be provided by school systems through local funding.