North Carolina principals are subject to pay changes under a new pay plan implemented this year by the North Carolina General Assembly.
Under the new plan, principals are paid based on the number of students they are presiding over and the performance of their school — instead of the number of teachers they supervise and years of experience.
Base pay — the set amount principals are paid a year — will be determined by the size of the school. Principals of smaller schools will be paid less, while principals of larger schools will see an increase in pay. Bonuses will be given to principals in higher performing schools or schools with significant growth.
Katherine Joyce, executive director of N.C. Association of School Administrators, said North Carolina is ranked 50th out of 51, counting the District of Columbia, in the nation in terms of principal compensation.
“That was making it really difficult for us to attract and retain great principals that all of our schools need and deserve,” Joyce said.