S818: Compensation of Certain School Employees. Latest Version

GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF NORTH CAROLINA

SESSION 2019

SESSION LAW 2020-45
SENATE BILL 818

AN ACT TO PROVIDE FOR THE COMPENSATION OF CERTAIN PUBLIC SCHOOL
EMPLOYEES.

The General Assembly of North Carolina enacts:

PART I. TEACHER SALARY SCHEDULE
SECTION 1.(a) The following monthly teacher salary schedule shall apply for the
2020-2021 fiscal year to licensed personnel of the public schools who are classified as teachers.
The salary schedule is based on years of teaching experience.

2020-2021 Teacher Monthly Salary Schedule
Years of Experience "A" Teachers
0 $3,500
1 $3,600
2 $3,700
3 $3,800
4 $3,900

5 $4,000
6 $4,100
7 $4,200
8 $4,300
9 $4,400
10 $4,500

11 $4,600
12 $4,700
13 $4,800
14 $4,900
15-24 $5,000
25+ $5,200.
SECTION 1.(b) Salary Supplements for Teachers Paid on This Salary Schedule. –

(1) Licensed teachers who have NBPTS certification shall receive a salary
supplement each month of twelve percent (12%) of their monthly salary on
the "A" salary schedule.
(2) Licensed teachers who are classified as "M" teachers shall receive a salary
supplement each month of ten percent (10%) of their monthly salary on the
"A" salary schedule.
(3) Licensed teachers with licensure based on academic preparation at the

six-year degree level shall receive a salary supplement of one hundred
twenty-six dollars($126.00)permonthin addition to thesupplementprovided
to them as "M" teachers.
(4) Licensed teachers with licensure based on academic preparation at the
doctoral degree level shall receive a salary supplement of two hundred

*S818-v-5* fifty-three dollars ($253.00) per month in addition to the supplement provided
to them as "M" teachers.
(5) Certified school nurses shall receive a salary supplement each month of ten
percent (10%) of their monthly salary on the "A" salary schedule.
SECTION 1.(c) The first step of the salary schedule for (i) school psychologists, (ii)
school speech pathologists who are licensed as speech pathologists at the master's degree level
or higher, and (iii) school audiologists who are licensed as audiologists at the master's degree

level or higher shall be equivalent to the sixth step of the "A" salary schedule. These employees
shall receive a salary supplement each month of ten percent (10%) of their monthly salary and
areeligibletoreceivesalarysupplementsequivalenttothoseofteachersforacademicpreparation
at the six-year degree level or the doctoral degree level.
SECTION 1.(d) The twenty-sixth step of the salary schedule for (i) school
psychologists, (ii) school speech pathologists who are licensed as speech pathologists at the
master's degree level or higher, and (iii) school audiologists who are licensed as audiologists at

the master's degree level or higher shall be seven and one-half percent (7.5%) higher than the
salary received by these same employees on the twenty-fifth step of the salary schedule.
SECTION 1.(e) Beginning with the 2014-2015 fiscal year, in lieu of providing
annual longevity payments to teachers paid on the teacher salary schedule, the amounts of those
longevity payments are included in the monthly amounts under the teacher salary schedule.
SECTION 1.(f) A teacher compensated in accordance with this salary schedule for

the 2020-2021 school year shall receive an amount equal to the greater of the following:
(1) The applicable amount on the salary schedule for the applicable school year.
(2) For teachers who were eligible for longevity for the 2013-2014 school year,
the sum of the following:
a. The salary the teacher received in the 2013-2014 school year pursuant
to Section 35.11 of S.L. 2013-360.
b. Thelongevitythattheteacherwouldhavereceivedunderthelongevity

system in effect for the 2013-2014 school year provided in Section
35.11 of S.L. 2013-360 based on the teacher's current years of service.
c. The annual bonus provided in Section 9.1(e) of S.L. 2014-100.
(3) For teachers who were not eligible for longevity for the 2013-2014 school
year, the sum of the salary and annual bonus the teacher received in the
2014-2015 school year pursuant to Section 9.1 of S.L. 2014-100.
SECTION 1.(g) As used in this section, the term "teacher" shall also include

instructional support personnel.

PART II. TEACHER BONUSES
SECTION 2.(a) No later than October 31, 2020, the Department of Public
Instruction shall administer a one-time, lump sum bonus of three hundred fifty dollars ($350.00)
to every teacher who, as of October 1, 2020, is employed as a teacher in a qualifying public

school unit.
SECTION 2.(b) As used in this section, the following definitions shall apply:
(1) Teacher. – Teachers and instructional support personnel.
(2) Qualifying public school unit. – Any of the following:
a. A local school administrative unit.
b. A charter school.
c. A regional school.

d. An innovative school.
e. A laboratory school under Article 29A of Chapter 116 of the General
Statutes.

Page 2 Session Law 2020-45 Senate Bill 818 SECTION 2.(c) The bonuses awarded pursuant to this section shall be in addition to
any regular wage or other bonus the teacher receives or is scheduled to receive.
SECTION 2.(d) Notwithstanding G.S. 135-1(7a), the bonuses awarded pursuant to
this section are not compensation under Article 1 of Chapter 135 of the General Statutes,
Retirement System for Teachers and State Employees.
SECTION 2.(e) For charter schools, regional schools, innovative schools, and
laboratory schools, the Department of Public Instruction shall allocate funds for the bonuses

provided pursuant to this section on the basis of the funded average daily membership of each
school.
SECTION 2.(f) The bonuses awarded pursuant to this section do not apply to any
teacher no longer employed as a teacher due to resignation, dismissal, reduction in force, death,
or retirement or whose last workday is prior to October 1, 2020.
SECTION2.(g) It is theintent oftheGeneral Assemblythat fundsprovidedpursuant
to this section will supplement teacher compensation and not supplant local funds.

SECTION 2.(h) For the 2020-2021 fiscal year, funds appropriated from the General
Fund to the Department of Public Instruction for the following bonus programs shall instead be
used for bonuses for teachers in accordance with subsections (a) through (g) of this section:
(1) The Advanced Placement/International Baccalaureate/Cambridge AICE
Teacher Bonus Program provided in Section 8.8 of S.L. 2016-94, as amended
by Section 8.8B of S.L. 2017-57, Section 2.10 of S.L. 2017-97, and Section

8.10 of S.L. 2018-5.
(2) The IndustryCertifications and Credentials Teacher Bonus Program provided
in Section 8.9 of S.L. 2016-94, as amended by Section 8.8B of S.L. 2017-57,
Section 2.10 of S.L. 2017-97, and Section 8.10 of S.L. 2018-5.
(3) The Third Grade Read to Achieve Teacher Bonus Program provided in
Section 8.8C of S.L. 2017-57, as amended by Section 2.10 of S.L. 2017-97
and Section 8.10 of S.L. 2018-5.

(4) The Fourth and Fifth Grade Reading Teacher Bonus Program provided in
Section 8.8D of S.L. 2017-57, as amended by Section 8.11 of S.L. 2018-5.
(5) TheFourthtoEighthGradeMathTeacherBonusProgramprovidedinSection
8.8E of S.L. 2017-57, as amended by Section 8.12 of S.L. 2018-5.
SECTION 2.(i) For the 2021-2022 fiscal year and subsequent fiscal years, it is the
intent of the General Assembly to reauthorize bonuses for teachers based on the criteria used in
the programs identified in subdivisions (1) through (5) of subsection (h) of this section.

PART III. ADDITIONAL BONUSES ENCOURAGED FOR CERTAIN PUBLIC
SCHOOL EMPLOYEES
SECTION 3.(a) For the 2020-2021 fiscal year, in recognition of additional
instructional days needed for the 2020-2021 school year due to the coronavirus disease 2019 and
the five additional instructional days required pursuant to Section 2.11(b) of S.L. 2020-3, the

General Assembly encourages the Governor to allocate funds from the Governor's Emergency
Education Relief Fund to provide a one-time, lump sum bonus of six hundred dollars ($600.00)
for each person employed in the public schools who is classified as one of the following:
(1) Teacher.
(2) Instructional support personnel.
(3) Noncertified personnel.
SECTION 3.(b) Notwithstanding G.S. 135-1(7a), any bonuses awarded by the

Governor in accordance with this section are not compensation under Article 1 of Chapter 135
of the General Statutes, Retirement System for Teachers and State Employees.

PART IV. PRINCIPAL SALARY SCHEDULE

Senate Bill 818 Session Law 2020-45 Page 3 SECTION 4.(a) The following annual salary schedule for principals shall apply for
the 2020-2021 fiscal year, beginning July 1, 2020:
2020-2021 Principal Annual Salary Schedule
Avg. Daily Membership Base Met Growth Exceeded Growth
0-200 $68,125 $74,938 $81,750
201-400 $71,531 $78,684 $85,837
401-700 $74,938 $82,432 $89,926

701-1,000 $78,344 $86,178 $94,013
1,001-1,600 $81,750 $89,925 $98,100
1,601+ $85,156 $93,672 $102,187.
A principal's placement on the salary schedule shall be determined according to the
average daily membership of the school supervised by the principal, as described in subsection
(b) of this section, and the school growth scores, calculated pursuant to G.S. 115C-83.15(c), for
each school the principal supervised in at least two of the prior three school years, as described

in subsection (c) of this section, regardless of a break in service, and provided the principal
supervised each school as a principal for at least a majority of the school year, as follows:
(1) A principal shall be paid according to the Exceeded Growth column of the
schedule if the school growth scores show the school or schools exceeded
expected growth in at least two of the prior three school years.
(2) A principal shall be paid according to the Met Growth column of the schedule

if any of the following apply:
a. The school growth scores show the school or schools met expected
growth in at least two of the prior three school years.
b. The school growth scores show the school or schools met expected
growth in at least one of the prior three school years and exceeded
expected growth in one of the prior three school years.
c. The principal supervised a school in at least two of the prior three

school years that was not eligible to receive a school growth score.
(3) A principal shall be paid according to the Base column if either of the
following apply:
a. The school growth scores show the school or schools did not meet
expected growth in at least two of the prior three years.
b. The principal has not supervised any school as a principal for a
majority of the school year in at least two of the prior three school

years.
SECTION 4.(b) For purposes of determining the average daily membership of a
principal's school, the following amounts shall be used during the following time periods:
(1) Between July1, 2020, and December 31, 2020, the average daily membership
for the school from the 2019-2020 school year. If the school did not have an
averagedailymembershipinthe2019-2020school year,theprojectedaverage

daily membership for the school for the 2020-2021 school year.
(2) Between January 1, 2021, and June 30, 2021, the average daily membership
for the school for the 2020-2021 school year.
SECTION 4.(c) For purposes of determining the school growth scores for each
school the principal supervised in at least two of the prior three school years, the school growth
scores from the 2016-2017, 2017-2018, and 2018-2019 school years shall be used. If a principal
does not have a school growth score from any of the school years identified in this subsection,

the most recent available growth scores, up to the 2018-2019 school year, shall be used.
SECTION 4.(d) Beginning with the 2017-2018 fiscal year, in lieu of providing
annual longevity payments to principals paid on the principal salary schedule, the amounts of
those longevitypayments are included in the annual amounts under the principal salaryschedule.

Page 4 Session Law 2020-45 Senate Bill 818 SECTION 4.(e) A principal compensated in accordance with this section for the
2020-2021 fiscal year shall receive an amount equal to the greater of the following:
(1) The applicable amount on the salary schedule for the applicable year.
(2) For principals who were eligible for longevity in the 2016-2017 fiscal year,
the sum of the following:
a. The salarythe principal received in the 2016-2017 fiscal year pursuant
to Section 9.1 or Section 9.2 of S.L. 2016-94.

b. The longevity that the principal would have received as provided for
State employees under the North Carolina Human Resources Act for
the 2016-2017 fiscal year based on the principal's current years of
service.
(3) For principals who were not eligible for longevity in the 2016-2017 fiscal
year, the salary the principal received in the 2016-2017 fiscal year pursuant to
Section 9.1 or Section 9.2 of S.L. 2016-94.

PART V. PRINCIPAL BONUSES
SECTION 5.(a) As used in this section, the term "qualifying principal" shall refer to
a principal who meets all of the following criteria:
(1) Received a bonus in the 2019-2020 fiscal year pursuant to Section 2.4 of S.L.
2019-247.

(2) Is employed as a principal in a public school as of October 1, 2020.
SECTION 5.(b) No later than October 31, 2020, the Department of Public
Instruction shall administer a one-time, lump sum bonus to any qualifying principal that is equal
to the amount that qualifying principal received pursuant to Section 2.4 of S.L. 2019-247.
SECTION 5.(c) The bonuses awarded pursuant to this section shall be in addition to
any regular wage or other bonuses the principal receives or is scheduled to receive.
SECTION 5.(d) Notwithstanding G.S. 135-1(7a), the bonuses awarded pursuant to

this section are not compensation under Article 1 of Chapter 135 of the General Statutes,
Retirement System for Teachers and State Employees.
SECTION 5.(e) The bonuses awarded pursuant to this section do not apply to any
principal no longer employed as a principal due to resignation, dismissal, reduction in force,
death, or retirement or whose last workday is prior to October 1, 2020.
SECTION 5.(f) It is the intent of the General Assemblythat funds provided pursuant
to this section will supplement principal compensation and not supplant local funds.

PART VI. ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL SALARIES
SECTION 6.(a) For the 2020-2021 fiscal year, beginning July 1, 2020, assistant
principals shall receive a monthly salary based on the salary schedule for teachers who are
classified as "A" teachers plus nineteen percent (19%). An assistant principal shall be placed on
the step on the salary schedule that reflects the total number of years of experience as a certified

employee of the public schools. For purposes of this section, an administrator with a one-year
provisional assistant principal's certificateshall beconsidered equivalent to an assistant principal.
SECTION 6.(b) Assistant principals with certification based on academic
preparation at the six-year degree level shall be paid a salary supplement of one hundred
twenty-six dollars ($126.00) per month and at the doctoral degree level shall be paid a salary
supplement of two hundred fifty-three dollars ($253.00) per month.
SECTION 6.(c) Participants in an approved full-time master's in school

administration program shall receive up to a 10-month stipend at the beginning salary of an
assistant principal during the internship period of the master's program. The stipend shall not
exceed the difference between the beginning salary of an assistant principal plus the cost of
tuition, fees, and books and any fellowship funds received by the intern as a full-time student,

Senate Bill 818 Session Law 2020-45 Page 5including awards of the Principal Fellows Program. The Principal Fellows Program or the school
ofeducation wheretheinternparticipates in afull-timemaster's in school administrationprogram
shall supply the Department of Public Instruction with certification of eligible full-time interns.
SECTION 6.(d) Beginning with the 2017-2018 fiscal year, in lieu of providing
annual longevity payments to assistant principals on the assistant principal salary schedule, the
amounts of those longevity payments are included in the monthly amounts provided to assistant
principals pursuant to subsection (a) of this section.

SECTION 6.(e) An assistant principal compensated in accordance with this section
for the 2020-2021 fiscal year shall receive an amount equal to the greater of the following:
(1) The applicable amount on the salary schedule for the applicable year.
(2) Forassistantprincipalswhowereeligibleforlongevityinthe2016-2017fiscal
year, the sum of the following:
a. The salarythe assistant principal received in the 2016-2017 fiscal year
pursuant to Section 9.1 or Section 9.2 of S.L. 2016-94.

b. The longevity that the assistant principal would have received as
provided for State employees under the North Carolina Human
Resources Act for the 2016-2017 fiscal year based on the assistant
principal's current years of service.
(3) For assistant principals who were not eligible for longevity in the 2016-2017
fiscal year, the salary the assistant principal received in the 2016-2017 fiscal

year pursuant to Section 9.1 or Section 9.2 of S.L. 2016-94.

PART VII. STATE AGENCY TEACHERS
SECTION 7. Employees of schools operated by the Department of Health and
Human Services, the Department of Public Safety, and the State Board of Education who are
paid on the Teacher Salary Schedule shall be paid as authorized under this act.

PART VIII. APPROPRIATION AND ADJUSTMENT FOR AVERAGE PUBLIC
SCHOOL EMPLOYEE SALARIES
SECTION 8.1.(a) Section 3.15(e) of S.L. 2019-209 reads as rewritten:
"SECTION 3.15.(e) Effective July 1, 2020, the maximum annual employer contributions,
payable monthly, by the State for each covered employee or retiree for the 2020-2021 fiscal year
to the State Health Plan for Teachers and State Employees are (i) for Medicare-eligible
employees and retirees, five thousand one hundred sixty-five dollars ($5,165) twenty-one dollars

($5,021) and (ii) for non–Medicare-eligible employees and retirees, six thousand six hundred
forty-seven dollars ($6,647).four hundred sixty-one dollars ($6,461)."
SECTION 8.1.(b) If House Bill 1218, 2020 Regular Session, becomes law, then
subsection (a) of this section is repealed.
SECTION 8.1.(c) If House Bill 1218, 2020 Regular Session, becomes law, then
Section 3.15(e) of S.L. 2019-209, as amended by Section 1(d) of House Bill 1218, 2020 Regular

Session, reads as rewritten:
"SECTION 3.15.(e) Effective July 1, 2020, the maximum annual employer contributions,
payable monthly, by the State for each covered employee or retiree for the 2020-2021 fiscal year
to the State Health Plan for Teachers and State Employees are (i) for Medicare-eligible
employees and retirees, five thousand sixty-one dollars ($5,061) four thousand nine hundred
sixteen dollars ($4,916) and (ii) for non–Medicare-eligible employees and retirees, six thousand
five hundred twelve dollars ($6,512).three hundred twenty-six dollars ($6,326)."

SECTION 8.2. No later than August 15, 2020, the Office of State Budget and
Management shall adjust the appropriations for State Health Plan contributions of all applicable
agencies, departments, or institutions to reflect the changes implemented in Section 8.1 of this
act, representing a decrease in General Fund net appropriations totaling forty-seven million two

Page 6 Session Law 2020-45 Senate Bill 818hundred twenty-seven thousand seven hundred twenty-eight dollars ($47,227,728) in recurring
funds for the 2020-2021 fiscal year. It is the intent of the General Assembly to restore employer
contributionratesforRetireeHealthandtotheStateHealthPlantotheamountsinS.L.2019-209,
as originallyenacted on August 30, 2019,in theevent thefederal government provides additional
relief funds or additional flexibility on existing relief funds that can be used to support the
General Fund.
SECTION 8.3. Before August 15, 2020, the State Controller shall transfer the sum

of eight million nine hundred forty-two thousand three hundred seventy-six dollars ($8,942,376)
in nonrecurring funds for the 2020-2021 fiscal year from the IT Reserve Fund (Budget Code:
24667) to the Department of Public Instruction. The funds transferred pursuant to this section are
appropriated to the Department of Public Instruction, in addition to the funds appropriated from
the General Fund in Section 8.4 of this Part, for the purposes identified in Section 8.4 of this Part.
SECTION 8.4. From the funds made available pursuant to this Part, there is
appropriated from the General Fund to the Department of Public Instruction the sum of

forty-seven million two hundred twenty-seven thousand seven hundred twenty-eight dollars
($47,227,728) in nonrecurring funds for the 2020-2021 fiscal year, in addition to the funds
appropriated to the Department of Public Instruction in Section 8.3 of this Part, to reflect an
increase in the average salary of various public school employee positions.

PART IX. MISCELLANEOUS

SECTION 9.(a) The provisions of the State Budget Act, Chapter 143C of the
General Statutes, are reenacted and shall remain in full force and effect and are incorporated in
this act by reference.
SECTION 9.(b) Except where expressly repealed or amended by this act, the
provisions of any other legislation enacted during the 2019 Regular Session of the General
Assembly expressly appropriating funds to an agency, a department, or an institution covered
under this act shall remain in effect.

SECTION 9.(c) Departmental receipts, as defined in G.S. 143C-1-1, are
appropriated for the 2020-2021 fiscal year up to the amounts needed to implement the provisions
in this act for the 2020-2021 fiscal year.

PART X. EFFECTIVE DATE
SECTION 10. This act becomes effective July 1, 2020.
In the General Assembly read three times and ratified this the 17 day of June, 2020.

s/ Philip E. Berger
President Pro Tempore of the Senate

s/ Tim Moore
Speaker of the House of Representatives

s/ Roy Cooper
Governor

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Approved 9:56 a.m. this 26 day of June, 2020

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