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  • 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.
    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, Mercer University, 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.

    Contact us for assistance with the online application system:

    pats@dekalbschoolsga.org  |   678.676.0005

    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.

    Academic Coach 190 8 $41,040 $95,001
    Assistant Principal ES 200 8 $55,287 $102,471
    Assistant Principal MS/HS 213 8 $62,415 $112,776
    Campus Security 190 8 $28,101 $40,059
    Counselor I 190 8 $49,430 $95,001
    Counselor II 213 8 $55,832 $107,016
    Custodian 246 8 $26,839 $37,659
    Data Clerk, Title I 199 8 $34,278 $47,510
    Data Clerk, Counseling 199 8 $34,278 $47,510
    Head Custodian 246 8 $29,530 $40,959
    Instructional Support Specialist 190 8 $41,040 $95,001
    Interpreter for the Deaf 190 8 $41,040 $95,001
    Library Media Assistant 199 8 $27,728 $38,990
    Media Specialist 190 8 $41,040 $95,001
    Occupational Therapist 190 8 $41,040 $95,001
    Paraprofessional-Instructional 186 8 $22,117 $32,747
    Paraprofessional-PreK 186 8 $19,338 $19,338
    Paraprofessional-Special Education 186 8 $22,117 $32,747
    Parent Liaison, TI-Part A 186 8 $21,900 $32,105
    Physical Therapist 190 8 $41,040 $95,001
    Plant Engineer 246 8 $41,690 $56,715
    Principal, Elementary School 246 8 $98,847 $129,697
    Principal, High School 246 8 $104,293 $136,847
    Principal, Middle School 246 8 $100,569 $131,708
    Psychologist, School 190 8 $49,430 $95,001
    Registrar 213 8 $29,679 $41,136
    ROTC, Enlisted 236 8 $43,622 $60,535
    ROTC, Officer 236 8 $52,184 $82,358
    School Bookkeeper 246 8 $33,603 $46,575
    School Nurse (RN & LPN) 186 6 $26,409 $35,936
    School Nutrition Assistant 185 6 $15,309 $20,413
    School Nutrition Assistant Manager 185 7 $17,660 $24,781
    School Nutrition Manager 190 8 $39,915 $52,310
    School Office Assistant 199 8 $23,887 $33,133
    School Resource Officer 190 8 $35,682 $48,550
    Social Worker 190 8 $49,430 $95,001
    Special Education Lead Teacher 192 8 $51,949 $99,841
    Special Education Liaison 190 8 $41,040 $95,001
    Special Education Nurse 190 8 $41,040 $95,001
    Speech Language Pathologist 190 8 $41,040 $95,001
    Student Support Specialist 190 8 $41,040 $95,001
    Teacher, Career Occupational-Vocational 197 8 $42,552 $98,501
    Teacher, General Education 190 8 $41,040 $95,001
    Teacher, Interrelated 190 8 $41,040 $95,001
    Teacher, Lottery Fund PreK Non-Certified 190 8 $31,038 $31,038
    Teacher, Technical Occupational-Vocational 197 8 $42,552 $98,501
    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
    – administration
    – policy and procedure

    Retirement Analyst
    – retirement processes
    – separation notices

    Compensation Specialist
    – position specifications
    – salary schedules
    – exemption inquiries
    – surveys

    Compensation Analyst
    678.676.0345 |
    678.676.0365 |
    – salary placement & adjustments
    (certified, classified, RRTW, substitute)
    – supplemental salary placement & adjustments
    – evaluation of salary service credit

    Compensation Secretary
    678.676.0328 |
    – extra activity assignment
    – employee data changes
    – employment & experience verification
    – wage & salary verification

    Contact us via email.

    Teacher Salary Schedule


    Substitute Teachers

    Need Help Submitting Online Application?

    For assistance with the online application system, please contact us via email or phone at 678.676.0352

    If you have any questions, please contact the Division of Human Capital Management at 678-676-0352

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    For assistance with the Aesop system, please contact us via email

    Thank You.

    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).


    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
    Interim Chief Officer, Human Capital Management Everett F. Patrick 678.676.0168
    Office Specialist Wanda Ngote 678.676.0168
    Director of Employment Services 678.676.0177
    Administrative Assistant Naimah Holmes 678.676.0177
    Director of Staff Services 678.676.0342
    Address, Phone, and Name Updates 678.676.0399
    Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Robin Goolsby 678.676.0391
    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
    Tracia Cloud
    Code of Ethics for Educators
    Employee Discipline
    Criminal Background Check Naimah Holmes 678.676.0177
    Credit Union Deductions 678.676.0399
    Employment—Region 1 Julie Fincher

    Cynthia McKenzie



    Employment—Region II Antoinette Seabrook

    Ariel Baker



    Employment—Region III Jatisha Marsh

    Diijon Dacosta



    Employment—Region IV Angelica Collins

    Kenyarda Berrian



    Employment—Region V Tracia Cloud
    Dorothy Norton
    Employment—Central Office Fonda Price
    Adrienne Francois
    Recruitment Fairs, Job Fairs, etc
    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
    Extended Leave of Absence 678.676.0255


    Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) 678.676.0351
    Customer Service 678.676.0005
    Optional Life
    Short-Term Disability
    Long-Term Disability
    Beneficiary Changes
    Job Specifications 678.676.0182
    Open Records Request
    Production of Documents, Depositions, and Subpoenas
    Audrey Qualls 678.676.0297


    Employment—PATS (Paperless Application Tracking System) and HR portal Janitrea Sebree-Kelly 678.676.0005
    Receptionist Betty Pittman 678.676.0171
    Records 678.676.0340




    Release from Contracts
    Naimah Holmes 678.676.0177


    Request to Review Employee Personnel File 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
    Salary Information (educational support professionals) Salary Questions
    Pay Adjustments
    Evaluation of Service Credit for Salary
    Nichole Burkett
    Gia Jennings
    Sick Leave Bank Latricia Butler 678.676.0344
    Sick Leave Transfers to Shavon Shelton 678.676.0345
    State Reporting Janitrea Sebree-Kelly

    John Brown



    Student Loan Deferment Requests 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