Compensation and Benefits
Transylvania County Schools provides a comprehensive salary and benefits package to qualified staff. The information below is a summary of compensation and benefits offered. It does not contain the detailed regulations governing the various benefit programs. Contact the Business Services Department to obtain the official regulations or see the North Carolina Benefits and Employment Policy Manual.
Job classification, years of service, full-time or part-time employment, and the number of months worked each year determine the kinds and levels of benefits available. The Business Services Department can provide more detailed information regarding local benefits and compensation.
Supplement Payment Schedule
To better help you plan and budget your personal finances we have developed a supplement payment schedule that lists supplement type, when it is paid, and how you receive it. Click here to view the PDF file or print it.
Occasionally we will have questions about combining the supplement pay with regular monthly pay. When calculating taxes our software will either
a. combine all income earned for the month, no matter when it is paid, or
b. calculate federal taxes at 28% and state taxes at 7% on separate checks.
This cannot be changed. Because the vast majority of employees pay effective rates of less than 28% and 7%, we have chosen to combine payments.
If you would like taxes withheld at a lower rate, you may increase your withholding allowances for the months you receive your supplement. If you would like to change your withholding allowances, please complete a W-4 or NC-4 at least 2 weeks before payday and submit to the Business Services Department.
Teachers and other licensed staff (e.g. media specialists, psychologists, audiologists, speech-language pathologists, counselors and social workers) are paid on state-adopted salary schedules based on licensure, years of experience, and degree held.
Assistant principals are paid on a state-adopted salary schedule based on licensure, years of experience, and degree held.
Principals are paid on a state-adopted salary schedule based upon years of experience in education, years as a school administrator, and number of state-funded teachers supervised.
Salaries for all other public school employees are determined by the position. Contact the Human Resources Department to obtain salary information or click here to view additional state salary schedule information.
National Board Certification
Teachers are encouraged to become certified by the National Board for Professional Teacher Standards (NBPTS). Certification by the NBPTS results in a 12% salary increase. The state supports state-funded teachers who have completed three full years of teaching in North Carolina public schools by paying the assessment fee, and providing three days of paid leave to prepare for certification. To learn more about NBPTS contact the Teacher Education Section of the Division of Human Resource Management at 919-807-3309 or visit the web at http://www.ncpublicschools.org/nbpts. The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards can be reached at 1-800-228-3224 or visit their web page at http://www.nbpts.org.
Permanent full-time or part-time employees not paid on a teacher, principal, or assistant principal salary schedule receive annual longevity payments after completing 10 years of qualifying state service. Longevity payments are made not later than the end of the month following the person’s anniversary date. The table below reflects the longevity rates.
Longevity Rates - Non-Teaching Personnel
Years of State Service
Longevity Pay Rate
10 but less than 15 years
15 but less than 20 years
20 but less than 25 years
25 or more years
Permanent full-time and part-time employees earn annual vacation leave. To earn vacation leave in a given month, employees must be working or on paid leave during one-half or more of the workdays in a monthly pay period. Eligible part-time permanent employees earn leave equal to their percentage of full-time employment. State regulations and policies established by local school systems govern when vacation leave may be taken. Unused vacation leave can be accumulated and a maximum of 30 days carried forward to the next fiscal year which begins on July 1st. On June 30th of each year, any accumulated days of vacation leave in excess of 30 days are converted to sick leave days. Teachers with accumulated annual vacation leave days in excess of 30 that are attributable to attending required workdays and who did not have the opportunity to use all of their vacation leave earned during the school calendar may opt to be paid for some of these days. When employees transfer among local educational agencies, vacation leave will also be transferred. Vacation leave may be transferred to a state agency if that agency is willing to accept it. Employees leaving the public schools will be paid for up to 30 days of accumulated leave. In case of death, the employee’s estate will receive payment for any accumulated vacation leave up to 30 days.
Employees earn leave based on years of service as follows:
Years of State Service
Days Earned Per Month
0 but less than 5 years
5 but less than 10 years
10 but less than 15 years
15 but less than 20 years
20 years or more
Permanent full-time and part-time employees who are working, or are on paid leave for one-half or more of the workdays in a monthly pay period, earn sick leave at the rate of one day per month. Eligible permanent part-time employees earn sick leave equal to their percentage of full-time employment. Sick leave may be granted for the following:
- Personal illness, injury, or other temporary disability, or
- Illness in the employee’s immediate family that necessitates the employee’s attendance, or
- Death in the immediate family, or
- Medical appointments.
Sick leave may be accumulated indefinitely and is transferable among local school systems, and may be transferred to a state agency, community college or technical institute if the receiving agency is willing to accept the leave. Upon retirement accrued sick leave may be applied toward creditable state service. If an employee separates from service prior to retirement, sick leave will be held for 60 months.
Extended Sick Leave
Classroom teachers are provided up to 20 days each year of extended sick leave, less a $50 per day deduction to help defray the cost of substitutes. Extended sick leave may be used for personal illness, personal injury, or other personal temporary disability. Extended sick leave can only be used after all sick leave and available vacation leave have been exhausted. Unused extended sick leave does not carry forward to subsequent school years.
Voluntary Shared Leave
Voluntary shared leave is intended to provide economic relief for employees who face financial hardship due to a prolonged absence or frequent short-term absences caused by a serious medical condition. Voluntary shared leave may also be used during the required waiting period for short-term disability. An employee who is receiving benefits or is eligible to receive benefits from the Disability Income Plan is not eligible to receive donated leave.
Permanent full-time and part-time employees are eligible to receive donated leave. The employee must exhaust available sick leave and vacation leave before using donated leave. Employees who are approved by their superintendent to receive donated leave may receive annual vacation leave from any employee in their own school system. With the approval of the superintendent, annual vacation leave and/or sick leave may be received from an immediate family member in any school system or state agency. (For more information on voluntary shared leave, see the Benefits Manual section 04.3).
Public school employees cannot donate or receive leave from employees or family members in community colleges institutions or in county agencies of mental health, public health, social services or emergency management.
Twelve-month employees normally observe 11 holidays per year. Ten-month employees normally observe 10 holidays per year. When Christmas falls on a Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday an additional day of holiday leave is provided. Local boards of education determine when holidays are scheduled. Most local boards of education incorporate the holiday schedule adopted for state employees when developing the school calendar.
Teachers in permanent positions earn two days of personal leave during the ten-month school term (.2 days per month). When used, a salary deduction of $50 per day is assessed. These days can be accumulated to a maximum of five days and are transferable among school systems. Personal leave cannot be advanced and is granted upon authorization of an employee’s immediate supervisor. This type of leave is not normally provided on the first day of school, a required teacher workday, or the last day before or the next working day after a holiday or scheduled vacation day. In special situations, supervisors may approve leave which does not conform to these stipulations.
Only employees classified as nonexempt under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) who work more than 40 hours in a work week are eligible for overtime pay. Compensatory time off in lieu of overtime pay may be given if agreed to by the employee and employer prior to the performance of the work. Compensatory time off is calculated at the rate of one and one-half hours for each hour of overtime worked. Compensatory leave may be accumulated to a maximum of 240 hours. When the maximum is reached, additional overtime work must be paid. If a nonexempt employee terminates employment, he/she must be paid for any unused compensatory leave.
When permanent school employees are absent from work to serve on a jury, no deduction is made from their regular salaries. Employees are entitled to their regular compensation plus any fees received for jury duty.
When employees are absent from work to attend court in connection with their official duty or because they were subpoenaed as a witness to a crime, no salary deduction is made. Except for travel reimbursement, any fees received in an official capacity must be returned to the local school system. If, however, an employee must be absent from work as a defendant, plaintiff, or witness in a case for personal matters, no salary is received unless the employee uses appropriate vacation leave or personal leave.
Permanent full-time and part-time school employees may request a leave of absence using appropriate paid leave and/or leave without pay for up to one calendar year immediately following the birth or adoption of a child. The 12 months of leave may be extended for the remainder of the school year when this leave would otherwise end in the latter half of the school year.
Family Medical Leave Act
The Family Medical Leave Act of 1993 provides eligible employees with family and medical leave without pay for up to 12 weeks for the birth or adoption of a child; to care for a spouse, son, daughter or parent who has a serious medical condition; or a serious health condition of the employee. During the 12 weeks, the employer paid portion of health benefits will be maintained. The 12 weeks provided by FMLA are not in addition to the parental leave of absence. It is part of this leave if it is requested and approved. Special provisions in the federal legislation regarding instructional personnel should be discussed with your employer or the U.S. Department of Labor.
Leave with pay is granted to members of reserve components of the U.S. Armed Forces for certain periods of active duty training and for state military duty. Leave with pay is extended to full-time or part-time permanent school employees, normally not to exceed 15 working days during the federal fiscal year (October 1st – September 30th), for training and military maneuvers. Military leave without pay can be granted for one enlistment period of active service, not to exceed five years plus 90 days.
Leave of Absence Without Pay
Public school employees may be granted leaves of absence without pay for periods determined by the local administrative unit. This leave should be requested in advance and must comply with regulations adopted by the local school system. Local school systems will assist with the proper procedures for applying for a leave of absence.
State Health Plan
The State Health Plan administered by the State Health Benefits Office provides coverage for hospital and medical expenses. The employer pays the base amount for the individual coverage of any permanent full-time employee wishing to enroll.
Health coverage for dependents and for part-time employees who work at least 20 hours per week may be added at the employee’s expense.
For information about the state health plan, including costs for adding dependents, please visit the State Health Plan website at www.shpnc.org .
Retiree Health Insurance
The 2006 Legislature changed the number of years of employment needed to qualify for retiree health insurance. Previously, an employee who contributed to the retirement system at least five years was eligible for retiree health insurance. All employees hired on October 1, 2006 or later must now contribute to the retirement system at least twenty years before being eligible for retiree health insurance.
The Disability Income Plan of North Carolina provides short- and long-term disability benefits at the employer’s expense for permanent employees who are members of the Teachers’ and State Employees’ Retirement System and who meet certain state service requirements.
Short-term disability benefits are available to disabled employees with at least one year of contributory retirement service earned within the 36 calendar months preceding the disability. Short-term disability benefits generally begin on the 61st day of disability and provide monthly income equal to 50 percent of one-twelfth of the annual base salary including longevity and local supplements, if any, for up to 365 calendar days subject to a monthly maximum of $3,000. The employer’s part of the hospital/medical insurance is provided at the same level as during active employment provided the employee has contributed to the Teachers’ and State Employees’ Retirement System for five years.
After exhausting short-term disability benefits, employees with at least five years of contributory retirement service earned within the 96 calendar months prior to the end of the short-term disability period may be eligible for long-term disability income benefits. In order to be eligible, the Plan’s Medical Board must determine that the disability has been continuous, likely to be permanent, and incurred at the time of active employment. Long-term disability benefits continue until the end of the disability or the earliest date a person becomes eligible for unreduced retirement benefits.
Benefits from the Disability Income Plan are subject to certain offsets or reductions for benefits received from other programs. The Retirement Systems Division of the Department of State Treasurer can provide more information regarding benefits provided under the Disability Income Plan.
Public school employees are entitled to unemployment insurance. Benefit amounts are based on a percentage of a person’s earnings, up to the allowable maximum.
All public school employees are entitled to receive Workers’ Compensation under the North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Act. Employees must have suffered an accidental injury or contracted an occupational disease in the course of employment to be eligible for medical payments, compensation for lost salary or death benefits under this program.
Episode of Violence
Any permanent full-time employee who suffers an injury or disability while engaged in the course of his or her employment can receive full salary if the injury or disability arose from an episode of violence, as defined by General Statute 115C-338, and the employee did not participate or provoke the violence. Salary compensation continues for one year, the continuation of the disability or time during which the employee is unable to engage in his or her employment because of the injury, whichever period is shortest. While receiving the benefit, an employee is not eligible to receive workers’ compensation income benefits. However, the employee may receive medical, hospital, drug, and related expense payments from workers’ compensation. The employee is not required to use paid leave for absences due to an episode of violence.
Permanent full-time employees are covered by the North Carolina Teachers’ and State Employees’ Retirement System. Employees contribute 6 percent of their monthly salaries, and employers currently contribute nearly 14 percent of employee wages to the Retirement System. Employee contributions are paid with pretax dollars, thereby reducing current state and federal income taxes. Employees who are involuntarily terminated or who resign after five or more years of Retirement System membership may withdraw their retirement contributions, plus any statutory interest earned. Persons who voluntarily resign with less than five years of membership in the Retirement System may withdraw only the funds contributed by the individual. Persons leaving public school employment may elect to leave their contributions in the Retirement System. For a quick overview of retirement benefits as of April 2014, click here.
The designated beneficiaries are entitled to receive a lump sum payment equal to the employee contributions plus interest in the member’s account at the time of death. If the member dies while in active service (while being paid a salary or within 180 days from the last day of service) and if the member designated only one principal beneficiary; has attained at least 20 years of membership service, regardless of age; or was at least age 60 with five (5) or more years of membership service, the designated beneficiary may elect, in lieu of the lump sum return of contributions plus interest, a monthly benefit for life.
In addition to the return of contributions, members are covered by a death benefit if death occurs while in active service (while being paid salary or within 180 days from the last day of service) if the member has completed at least one calendar year as a member of the Retirement System. Upon the death of an active member, the beneficiary(ies) will receive a lump sum payment equal to the member’s highest 12 month’s salary in a row during the 24 months preceding death subject to a minimum of $25,000 and a maximum of $50,000.
Supplemental Retirement Plans
State-sponsored supplemental retirement plans are available to school employees. The Deferred Compensation Plan and State 401(K) Plan allow school employees to save for retirement through tax sheltered programs. Other tax sheltering retirement plans are available in many school systems. Local personnel directors can provide more information on the availability and details of these plans.
School employees are members of the federal Social Security System and both employees and employers make contributions. Benefits include retirement income, disability payments, and survivor’s insurance. Social Security contributions have two parts, Social Security and Medicare. The 2001 rate for employees and employers for Social Security is 6.2% on salaries up to $80,400. The rate for Medicare is 1.45% and is paid by employees and employers on all salaries.
Transylvania County Schools Benefits
All permanent teachers and other non-contract staff members in school-based positions which require a teaching certificate receive a local supplement equal to 8.5% of their base salary. The supplement is paid in 2 installments, one in November and one in May. The Board of Education has a plan to increase the local supplement to 10%. All teacher assistants and office support professionals receive an annual local salary supplement equal to 2% of their base salary each year as well.
Several tax-deferred investment options are available to employees through payroll deduction. Employees have complete control over which, if any, options they choose to invest in, and taxes are deferred until you withdraw the money.
The Board also provides the opportunity to purchase Roth IRA's, supplemental retirement plans, and life insurance through payroll deduction.
Flexible Benefits Plan
Our flexible benefits plan allows employees to customize their benefits package by choosing between receiving taxable compensation and one or more tax-free benefits.
Qualifying benefits available include:
- Spouse and family health insurance
- Accident insurance
- Vision insurance
- Dental insurance
- Medical costs not covered by insurance
- Qualified dependent care costs
- Heart/stroke and intensive care insurance
- Short-term disability gap insurance
- Term and whole life insurance
All new employees are required to enroll in direct deposit. Electronic deposit of your paycheck gives you faster access to your money and eliminates the chance of lost or stolen checks.