We’re Doing Great, But We Need More to Give Our Students What They Need to Thrive.
The number one indicator of student academic success is the quality of the teacher in the classroom. The 2020 PUSD override election could help the district retain quality teachers—especially now, when education (as with almost everything) is uncertain and ever-changing.
Focusing on hiring and retaining the best of the best will ensure one thing remains constant: Prescott’s children will continue to receive a world-class education.
In 2015, more than two-thirds of the PUSD community passed a 4.66% override, allowing the district to give a 5% raise to all staff members (teacher salaries were still below state average).
Over the course of the next five years, teacher turnover dropped 20% (from just over 30% to just over 10%). Student test scores improved significantly.
The funding from that override election expires in 2021, and that’s why the PUSD Governing Board is asking you to approve a new override, which would enable the district to increase teacher salaries and therefore, would help retain teachers who are shifting their instructional practice to meet community needs during the pandemic.