Out of 444 school districts measured, 2012-13 average salaries for teachers in Falls ranks 14th in the state, according to a salary report from the Wisconsin Department of Instruction.
In an email to reporters about the data, Superintendent Patricia Greco stated that the district is in one of the most market-driven parts of the state for salary and benefits. All of the top 15 paying districts in the state are located in CESA 1. The state is divided into 12 such CESA districts, and they collaborate to improve services.
CESA 1 is the smallest of the 12 geographically, and encompasses the southeastern-most corner of Wisconsin. Therefore, there's a higher concentration of people and school districts, which are competing for talented employees.
Germantown ranked 96th, and Hamilton ranked 25th in the state for highest average salaries.
"Our model is not seniority driven: We value keeping our salaries market competitive, performance/skill driven, and we value highly skilled and highly educated staff," Greco stated in an email to reporters.
The top 10 paying districts in the state in 2012-13 were:
- Maple Dale-Indian Hill
- Fox Point J2
- Lake Country
- South Milwaukee
- Arrowhead UHS
Over the past few years, the district has reduced the cost of benefits by shifting to a self-funded, and high deductible plan. Retirement benefits were reduced from 10 years to a defined contribution amount.