APS Raises Minimum Wage for Full-Time Employees 

The increase from $12.70 to $15 per hour covers several positions

Amanda Cooper
August 06, 2020 - 4:38 pm

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Atlanta Public School clerks, custodians, food assistants, in-school suspension monitors, non-instructional aides, paraprofessionals, parent liaisons, school bus monitors, and school bus drivers can look forward to an increase in pay this month. 

The Atlanta Board of Education voted Monday evening to increase the minimum wage for full-time employees from $12.70 to $15 per hour during its monthly meeting.

The District recommended the pay increase after reviewing the results of a survey of principals and teachers, local market compensation studies, and focus groups such as the APS Teacher Advisory Committee. 

In a statement, new APS Superintendent Dr. Lisa Herring said;

“With Atlanta Public Schools’ focus on equity and ensuring that we retain high-quality staff, I am thrilled that this pay raise will benefit some of our lowest-paid workers and continue to support our ongoing recruitment efforts,” Dr. Herring added, “As we move forward, I am hopeful that we will be able to implement the other strategies our Human Resources team developed in partnership with teachers and staff, including teacher pay raises, stipends for high needs schools and subject areas, and converting the remaining hourly special education paraprofessionals to full time with benefits.”

The raise is effective August 3, 2020, and will be included in paychecks beginning August 31, 2020.