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Bristol Virginia teachers paid less than state, national averages

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Bristol VA School Salaries

Bristol Virginia Public Schools teacher salaries rank considerably lower than Virginia and national averages.

Teacher salaries in Bristol, Virginia, lag behind the average pay in the state and nation.

In the 2016-17 school year, Bristol Virginia Public Schools teachers made about 5.2 percent less than the state average from the previous year, according to a Bristol Herald Courier analysis of information obtained through the Freedom of Information Act.

The gap for Bristol Virginia teachers is exacerbated by the fact that the state is behind the national average. According to a Virginia Education Association report for the 2016-17 year, Virginia’s average teacher salary was $7,200 less than the national average, resulting in Virginia ranking 30th nationally in average teacher salary.

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Bristol Virginia Teachers' Salaries

Name Title Pay
RITCHIE, GARY WAYNE Assistant superintendent 98951.7
HARPER, BRADLEY ALAN Assistant principal/Director of Athletics & Student Activities 93939.71
COLLINS, RONNIE Principal 93029.36
RADER, JARED A. Principal 87690.36
BRITTLE, LINDA Principal 87555
JONES, TAMMY M. Director of Finance 84676.71
BONNEY, STEPHEN E. Director of Special Education Services 84639.36
MCNEIL, TERESA G. Principal 84438
SHELTON, JEFFREY Director of technology 83476.71
HURT, JENNIFER W. Director of federal programs 83139.71
HODGE, RANDALL M. Teacher 83120.52
MATLOCK, MICHAEL J. Principal 81841.36
SMITH, PAMELA LYNN Principal 79165
MABE, FAITH G. Principal 78381
WHEELING, MICHAEL ANDREW Assistant principal 76784
LOVE, PAUL LEE Coordinator of Student Services 76362.12
YOST, ELIZABETH MARIE Teacher 75754.35
MILLER, CYNTHIA JANE Teacher 75245.27
BUCKLES, WILLIAM S. Director of Maintenance and Transit 75237.03
STAMPER, JOSHUA E. Assitant principal 75228
HUTCHINSON, BRAD Teacher 74253.88
YOUNG, JUDY Teacher 72764.46
LEE, CARLOS Media specialist 71923.17
MCCOY, RHONDA School psychologist 71007
PERRIGAN, KEITH S. Superintendent 69690.86
OSBORNE, RAY Teacher 68166
MCGRADY, DEBRA G. Teacher 67996.34
GRAHAM, BRENDA L. Guidance counselor 67950.79
MEADOWS, REBECCA Teacher 67645.29
DUFF, MAXINE Teacher 67349.71
SHANNON, CYNTHIA D. Math specialist 66972.63
KILGORE, HATTIE JANE Teacher 66504.88
TRIPLETT, JEANETTE Teacher 66009.71
HONAKER, GARLAND Teacher 65904.67
DANIELS, MARK Teacher 65877.5
LALLANDE, ADAM P. Teacher 65772.17
RASNICK, DANA Teacher 65459.71
WARREN, MELISSA Teacher 64940.71
PARKS, BENJAMIN Teacher 64631.13
PROPST, CAROL Teacher 64460.71
MUSSER, DEBBIE Teacher 64089.88
COLLINS, REBECCA Teacher 63508.55
LEONARD, VIRGINIA LYNN Teacher 63494.67
HALE, CONSTANCE Media specialist 63413.22
BLANKENSHIP, ROYA Teacher 63333.22
CRIST, MICHAEL W. Teacher 63275
TALLEY, BEN Teacher 63190.88
HARMAN, RAEJEAN ANN Teacher 63108.88
DEBUSK, CHARLES SCOTT Teacher 63001.54
TOLBERT, MIKE Teacher 62829.88
JACOB, MARY KATE Teacher 62642.51
BASKIN, PAULA Teacher 62499.71
KISTNER, SHARON N. Teacher 62486.2
BEST, CATHERINE P. Teacher 62429.71
SHANNON, THEODORE RICHARD Teacher 62429.71
WALKER, CATHY P. Speech therapist 61986.2
GAMMON, BARBARA Teacher 61549.88
ALVIS, CYNTHIA Teacher 61419
MATNEY, CAMILLA Teacher 60559.17
MERCIER, TRACEY DALTON Teacher 60392
GRAHAM, ALICE Teacher 60038.21
WALKER, LEE M. Teacher 59285.7
BECKER, DARLENE Nurse coordinator 59016.36
WHITE, MITZIE ANN Teacher 58133.55
DEBUSK, RAMEY STACY Teacher 57933.55
CROSS, KAREN D. Teacher 57131.55
RASMUSSEN, JUNE Teacher 56980.84
ROLEN, HOLLY L. Reading Specialist/Instructional Coach 56354.71
PIEDMONT, SHANNON L. Media specialist 56052.71
HUDSON, LORA ANGEL Program Director of HR and Data Management 55991.71
DEAN, LISA L. Guidance counselor 55147.34
STACY, ELIZABETH JOANN Teacher 55108.05
WILLIAMS, ELIZABETH Speech language pathologist 55081.27
DINGUS, TRACEY Instructional technology resource teacher/Technology secretary 54796.93
GREER, SHERRY M. Teacher 54657.91
ELLIS, SARA Teacher 53865.88
SKEEN, GARY E. Teacher 53827
WILLIAMS, DARLIA Teacher 53524.71
CLEAR, KIMBERLY LYNN Teacher 53262.55
MEADOWS, JANET Teacher 53024.71
DEBUSK, SARA Reading specialist 52766.29
MARTIN, DEBORAH LYNN Teacher 52754
GARLOCK, TAMELA R. Teacher 51800.38
EDWARDS, WENDY S. Teacher 51289.05
SMITH, ADAM Teacher 50899.62
MEYERS, VANESSA FISHER Teacher 50744.21
RICHMOND, GINGER LYNNE Literacy coach/reading specialist 50535.17
JONES, SCOTT Attendance supervisor 50093.41
YOUNG, MELANIE KAYE Teacher 50083.04
JAMES, KRISTY Teacher 49779.05
SMITH, ANDREA Teacher 49744.04
BERRY, LISA JOY Teacher 49539.05
JOHNSON, ASHLEY E. Teacher 49305.7
BOYLE, MARY D. Teacher 49179.33
MOORE, ADAM Teacher 49175.06
HAMPTON, SUSAN L. Teacher 49170.54
DAVIDSON, JODI L. Teacher 48691.04
WEATHERLY, LISA F. Teacher 48618.9
HUTCHINSON, PETINA M. Teacher 48563.13
RUST, AREDDA Teacher 48539.05
MASON, SHANNON L. Teacher 48445.71
GOOCH, TAMMY GAIL Teacher 48348.04
GOUGE, MARK Technician 48038.89
HUFFMAN, JAN MICHELLE Teacher 47722.17
BLEVINS, BRENDA LEE Teacher 47689.4
VANNOSTRAND, JAMES WOODSIDE Teacher 47592.67
SHULER, JOSHUA DAN Teacher 47515.12
KELLY, LAURA Teacher 47034.71
BELCHER, ANDREW S. Teacher 46852.71
BUCHANAN, JESSICA Media specialist 46717.71
LAWSON, HEATHER VICARS Teacher 46607.71
HONAKER, MICHELLE FAITH Teacher 46503.33
BLACK-RAMEY, JAN C. Teacher 46481
COMPTON, MICHAEL BRENT Teacher 46326.21
ADKINS, LISA Teacher 46191.55
BARLOW, MEREDITH Teacher 46174.71
MATNEY, LISA K. Teacher 45952.04
HULL, NANCY M. Teacher 45860.71
KNIGHT, SARAH Teacher 45830.67
GORDON, ALEXA C. Teacher 45775.67
CAMPBELL, ANNA Teacher 45410.71
CARDWELL, BARBARA JEWELL Teacher 45054.38
BYINGTON, LESLIE JO Teacher 45012.71
STIPE, RODRICK Teacher 44791.69
HALL, CHARLENE L. Teacher 44791.67
DIEHL, VIDA Teacher 44772.38
HENSON, JENNIFER LYN Teacher 44690.71
CORDLE, KATIE Teacher 44479.04
RIFFE, DANIELLE G. Teacher 44458.21
MELTON, CATHERINE R. Guidance counselor 43970.54
PETERSON, TIMOTHY DAN Teacher 43798.5
CRIST, SUZANNE M. Teacher 43566.17
RUSSELL, SHAUNA Teacher 43457.87
GUNN, SARAH MORGAN Teacher 43456.04
DOWDY, AUTUMN Teacher 43386.04
WISE, JOANNA Teacher 43049.04
BOSWELL, MEGAHN E. Guidance counselor 42912.33
MEADE, HUNTER Teacher 42834.88
BLEVINS, ANTHONY N. Teacher 42692
MUTTER, SARA A. Teacher 42633
AYERS, LORI Teacher 42619.21
SLONE, NOEL Teacher 42526.53
AUSTIN, STEPHANIE Administrative assistant to superintendent 42419.51
HARPER, CARMEN R. Teacher 42283.9
QUESENBERRY, JESSICA ELIZABETH Teacher 42281.71
BRANSON, KAREN BARNES Teacher 42273.88
BROWN, TISHA KAY Teacher 42196.21
STEEL, BROOKE SOURBEER Teacher 42192.54
LEE-KESTNER, JESSICA C. Teacher 42123.88
BLACK, JANET Teacher 42123.87
MABE, KREGG S. Teacher 42001.71
ARGENBRIGHT, MARY N. School counselor 41856.21
PRICE, SUMMER L. Teacher 41569.71
WHITE, TERESA S. Teacher 41454.21
CROUSE, DIANA L. Secretary 41334.48
STEWART, JEANNE LEIGH Teacher 41279.21
BABECKA, STACIE Teacher 41144.54
BUCKLES, MAGGI JANE Teacher 41069.21
SYDNOR, DARRELL MAURICE Teacher 41053.54
MUMPOWER, DONNA T. Teacher 41032
WALLACE, KATHERINE B. Teacher 40969.71
GRAHAM, MITZY Teacher 40933.86
KENNEDY, SARA KIMBERLY Teacher 40933.86
LOCKE, KIMBERLY Teacher 40691.71
HARRIS, BRITTANY MELLINGER Teacher 40681.21
PATRICK, ALICIA Teacher 40642.83
SEWELL, STAMPS D. Teacher 40587.38
DAVENPORT, CODY Teacher 40501.71
KISTNER, ALEXANDRA IRENE Teacher 40467.05
SCHEUER, WILLIAM E. School counselor 40384.71
MCELRAFT, CHRISTOPHER A. Teacher 40260.17
DALTON, BETHANY A. Teacher 40191.71
ASHBROOK, NOAH Teacher 40149.34
O'QUINN, PAMELA R. Teacher 40127.04
BELCHER, JESSICA Teacher 40095.88
HURD, JOSEPH A. Teacher 39891.46
THOMAS, AIMEE MARIE Teacher 39772.87
KIMBLER, SARAH V. Teacher 39641.83
COOPER, HANNAH Teacher 39506.37
WATTS, JESSICA JACOBS Teacher 39374.54
GOAD, MARGARET LEE Teacher 39241.7
HUNNIECUTT, JESSE Teacher 39194.36
HARMON, CARLA Teacher 39161.38
SCOTT, GRACE KATHERINE Teacher 39027.69
FISCHER, MONICA MARIE Teacher 38985.88
MOORE, AMY M. School counselor 38917.73
WHITAKER, MICHELLE Teacher 38917.71
READ, BRYAN Truancy officer 38787.51
PROFFITT, COURTNEY R. ESL specialist 38702.88
FIELDER, KENNETH RAY Technician 38592.48
TALLMAN, SARA KATE Teacher 38584.54
HEATH, WILLIAM THOMAS Teacher 38476.71
ALVIS, AMY Teacher 38356.37
FABBRI, MEGAN E. Teacher 38327.17
BLACKWELL, BRANDI Teacher 38165.66
SYDNOR, HEATHER AMANDA Teacher 38146.37
LAMBERT, LISA G. Teacher 38069.54
FORBES, LAURA RIDDLE Teacher 38034.19
HAGA, ASHLEY L. Teacher 37945.66
HAWORTH, CHRISTY Teacher 37866.37
SHANKEL, NATHAN Teacher 37834.54
CAMPBELL, LEA ANNE Teacher 37834.53
MORRIS, CHRISTOPHER WAINE Mechanic 37814.4
COOK, SARA ELIZABETH Teacher 37758.54
COOK, RACHEL L. Teacher 37378.04
SHERFEY, CHAD Foreman 37212.31
QUESENBERRY, KARA B. Teacher 37130.38
O'QUINN, HEATHER Teacher 37086.37
STURGILL, BRANDON H. Teacher 37086.37
HUNT, ALYSSA L. Teacher 36946.21
WEAVER, CHRISTINA L. Teacher 36815.66
KING, ERIKA S. Teacher 36260
HALL, WENDY C. Accounting specialist 35478.34
NIERMANS, TONYA A. Teacher 35019.94
BLACKBURN, JOSHUA W. Teacher 34630.71
HUDSON, SHAWN M. Mechanic 33384
TATE, CHRISTOPHER R. Teacher 33250.72
ABEL, BRITTANIE Teacher 33203.21
WILKEY, MARK J. Maintenance tech 33061.89
DENNIS, AMANDA R. Nurse 32795.07
SMITH, JENNIFER Teacher 32462.86
MINNICK, BRITTANY L. Teacher 32444.79
MALCOLM, KERRI Secretary/bookkeeper 32072.06
MORRIS, AMBER LYNN Secretary 31739.11
EADS, ERIN Secretary/bookkeeper 31499.85
LAUGHLIN, JOSHUA W. Foreman 31338.78
RAMEY, PATRICE M. Nurse 31006.57
WILSON, MARK MCCOY Maintenance tech 30617.01
HALSTEAD, MARY DARLENE Secretary 30556.94
MURRAY, LISA Bus driver 30126.29
ADKINS, FREDIA Secretary 30114.98
LEWIS, MELINDA ANN Nurse 30031.69
HUNT, REBECCA ANN Nurse 30031.68
BOWERS, CHRISTOPHER ANDREW Aide 29820
O'BRIEN, VICKI BALL Secretary 29239.54
TITTLE, STEPHEN T. Maintenance tech 27421.49
ROYSTON, MARY Bus driver 27281.14
TITTLE, DONNA Bus driver 27047.26
WISE, CECIL LEE Maintenance tech 26878.69
ALMANY, WANDA Bus driver 26797.25
HORTON, GABRIELLA Accounting clerk 26515.57
MURRAY, MOLLIE B. Bus driver 26258.71
BIRCHFIELD, DANIEL K. Bus driver 25721.4
WILSON, SHEILA Bookkeeper 25143.99
FAYNE, ARIC L. Bus driver 24078.31
MANGRUM, MEGHAN E. Accounting clerk 23949.17
HUGHES, VELVET D. Secretary 23684.22
RASNICK, RUBEN WAYNE Teacher 23187.13
LEWIS, LORI S. Secretary 22898.39
SIZEMORE, DAVID REA Administrative assistant 22516.31
SHERFEY, ASHLEY L. Secretary 22090.82
YOUNG, SHARON Aide 21972.43
MIZE, MELISSA GAYLE Nurse 21626.56
SHERFEY, TRAVIS LEE Bus driver 21620.03
DAMERON, JILL R. Teacher 21370
READ, DEBRA Paraprofessional 21042.45
COLLINS, CYNTHIA K. Bus driver 20355.81
LAUGHLIN, BEVERLY Paraprofessional 20308.21

The result, said Keith Perrigan, superintendent of Bristol Virginia schools, is that city teachers start out earning among the lowest salaries in a low-paying state.

“Our teachers are the ones that are suffering,” Perrigan said.

Bristol VA Schools Salary 01

Bristol Virginia Public Schools Superintendent Keith Perrigan discusses the disparity between local, state and national teacher salaries.

‘Significantly underpaid’

Low starting pay can act as a barrier to recruiting and keeping great teachers, according to Perrigan.

Teachers in public school systems across the country are paid on an experience scale. For each year a teacher stays in a district, they receive a salary bump. The scale for each district is uniform and based on educational attainment and years worked.

New teachers in Bristol, Virginia, get the short end of the stick: The school system ranked No. 114 out of 125 participating divisions in starting teacher pay, according to the previously cited Virginia Education Association report.

Perrigan said that ranking is “eye-popping.”

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Bristol Virginia Public Schools Superintendent Keith Perrigan discusses the disparity between local, state and national teacher salaries.

“Our teachers are significantly underpaid as you compare them to their state peers and national peers,” he said.

The good news for Bristol Virginia teachers is that the school system ranks much higher for teachers at the top of the pay scale: No. 26 out of 125.

That ranking means teachers attain higher pay more quickly than the majority of other districts, and that their year-to-year salary increases are greater down the line.

Perrigan said the speed of their pay advances is a selling point. Some pay scales at districts go up to 30, meaning teachers won’t earn their full pay potential until they’ve taught for 30 years. In Bristol Virginia schools, the scale ends at 25.

Essentially, teachers reach a higher earning potential in fewer years.

“What is significant about that is if you get to the top of the pay scale sooner, your life earnings are more,” Perrigan said.

At the low end of the pay scale, a new teacher with only a bachelor’s degree started at $36,000 last year. An education specialist or someone with a doctorate who had been there 25 years earned $62,659.

It’s not up to school administrators to provide higher salaries — that’s dictated by the amount of federal, state and local funding.

When the economy tanked in 2008, states reduced funding for public education, and in many cases, the funding hasn’t returned even as the economy has made gains.

According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, after adjusting for inflation, Virginia lost 11.2 percent in total state funding per student from 2008-2014.

To bridge the gaps those cuts created, Perrigan said the Virginia General Assembly needs to give more funding to schools.

“For schools to be successful moving forward, the funding model is going to have to come more in line with the way the economy’s going,” he said. “We have got to find a way to pay our teachers better, which means more state funding. We have to find a way to hire high-quality teachers and then retain them.”

Principals and administrators

Four of the seven principals in Bristol Virginia schools are women.

That representation is above the national rate. In 2012, 52 percent of public K-12 school principals were women, according to a 2016 report from the Department of Professional Employees, a coalition of unions.

When looking at the entire administration of Bristol Virginia schools, including assistant principals and various directors and coordinators, 12 are men and six are women, meaning women represent 33 percent of the administration.

A 2016 study by AASA, the School Superintendents Association, found that women claim about 20 percent of superintendent jobs.

Virginia School Administrators' Salaries

Pay to women

Of the 172 teachers in Bristol, Virginia, about 78 percent are women. That figure tracks slightly above the national trend, according to Department of Education data.

When analyzing the pay of men and women in the city schools, men made on average $50,420 in 2016-17 — women made $47,579.

However, with the standardized pay scale, where raises come from years worked and education level, school officials say there is no real disparity.

“We certainly don’t aspire to pay men more than women or women more than men,” Perrigan said. “ … Teachers are paid on a scale based on years of experience. We don’t have any merit pay or anything like that.”

While pay scales should ensure that women receive the same income increases as men, the American Association of University Women reports that sex-based income gaps exist across the board in public education.

Kevin Miller, senior researcher for the organization, a grassroots group dedicated to improving the lives of women, said that last year, there was an 11 percent gap between female elementary and middle school teachers and male teachers.

“In public sector jobs, like most education jobs, we expect there to be a smaller gap [than private sector jobs] because the pay is more standardized,” Miller said.

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