Prior to pay raise, EPIC already had state’s highest average teacher salary

EPIC Charter Schools has announced across-the-board pay raises for its teachers beginning with the 2019-2020 school year. The announcement comes at a time when the state’s fifth-largest public school system is hiring teachers for the coming school year.

EPIC teachers fall into one of two categories: on-site at one of EPIC’s four blended learning centers (BLCs) in Tulsa and Oklahoma City, or as a one-on-one teacher, serving students with a blend of digital curriculum and meeting “one-on-one” in students’ homes or near their home in the local community at a public library, for example.

The bulk of EPIC’s more than 700 teachers are one-on-one teachers.

One-on-one teachers serving regular education students will see an increase of approximately $5,000 in base pay annually on average.  One-on-one special education teachers will see an increase of a little over $4,000 in base pay annually on average.

BLC regular education and special education teachers will get an additional $10,000 increase to their annual base salary (from $35,000 to $45,000 and from $40,000 to $50,000, respectively) and will receive a $5,000 increase in their annual bonus cap (from $5,000 to $10,000 a year).

In addition to base salary and performance pay, EPIC teachers receive paid health benefits and EPIC pays the full cost for all employees to be members of the Teachers Retirement System of Oklahoma.

“EPIC places an extremely high premium on recruiting and retaining top teaching talent in Oklahoma,” said Bart Banfield, assistant superintendent for Instruction. “Prior to this increase, our average teaching salary was already the state’s highest average teacher salary, as well as the region’s highest average teacher salary. We are committed to our faculty and ensuring they are the top paid educators in the state of Oklahoma.”

As of 2018, the average annual salary of a fulltime EPIC educator (not inclusive of benefits) was $64,005, as compared to the traditional public school state average of $51,779, which did include benefits.

Banfield said there has never been a better time for teachers to join the EPIC team and that the school is hiring for all faculty positions.

“We are looking for talented educators committed to our mission that every child deserves a quality education in an environment that fosters learning and growth,” he said. “If you’re ready for a rewarding and challenging opportunity to make that happen in Oklahoma, we want you on our team.”

For more information about becoming a teacher at EPIC and to apply online, visit https://epiccharterschools.org/employment.

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