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Re: private school salaries


Date: Sat Jun 23 2001 - 05:36:59 PDT

Hey everyone,

I have been interviewing at some private schools in the area, the salary quotes
have ranged thus far from $26,000 - $35,000 (even with 10 years of teaching,
ongoing mentorship of student teachers, an exhibition record, higher education
teaching experience ( I'm an adjunct associate professor at a prestigious private
art college) published articles and a have master's degree). Is there any real
negotiation here once a solid offer is on the table? $35,000 represents a
significant drop from a suburban public school offer which was at $57,500. The
difference of course is that the private schools seem to have an atmosphere of
community, intellectualism, professionalism, respect -- and of course class size
is between 12 and 15 students -- plus a significant supply budget (that range has
been between $3,000 - and $10,000)...I come from a situation in which I have
taught in a wide variety to public schools in Chicago from the inner city to the
Northwest side of chicago -- in the past I had no supply budget at times, 42 kids
in a class at times (in over crowded schools) - and rarely less then 30 kids per
class -- eight classes a day. The private schools offer 4 -5 classes a day --
with time for lesson preparation and exhibiting student work. I realize that
everyone wants to teach in these schools -- and that often the jobs are extremely
competitive. The views of this community on private school salaries and the
ability to negotiate salaries?

thanks all,