Minford Local Schools paid the highest average teacher salary in the 2004-05 school year of any school district in Scioto County, according to a report from the Ohio Public Expenditure Council. Minford teachers were paid an average of $44,252 per year.
“The board here at Minford has always supported the belief that teachers are No. 1 in our quest to improve education in our school system,” Said Dennis Meade, superintendent of the Minford Local School System. “We want to keep our teachers, and the best way to do that is to keep their salaries competitive.”
Valley Local Schools paid teachers an average of $43,785, with Portsmouth City Schools right behind them at $43,735.
Valley had the highest beginning salaries, averaging $28,391 for teachers with bachelor's degrees and $31,085 for teachers with master's degrees.
The report focused on four criteria: five-year change, percentage of teachers with 10 years or more service, beginning salaries and pupil-to-teacher ratio.
Washington-Nile schools led the way in five-year salary change in Scioto County with salaries rising an average of $9,413 or 28.5 percent. Clay Local schools and Green Local schools had a salary percentage increase of 22.4 and 22.2 percent respectively.
The school system with the largest percentage of teachers with 10 or more years' service was Northwest schools with 71.1 percent, followed by New Boston with 69.7 percent.
New Boston Schools had the best pupil-to-teacher ratio with 13 students per teacher, followed closely by Green Local Schools at 14.2 and Portsmouth City Schools with 14.6.
The average teacher salary during the 2004-05 school year in Scioto County was $41,597, nearly $5,000 below the statewide average of $46,714. The state average had a five-year change of $7,548 or 19.3 percent. The statewide average went up to $49,342 when Joint Vocational School Districts were factored in.
Average salaries in Scioto County schools in 2004-05: