Rural Recruitment Initiative

Rural Initiative

The Charleston County School District Board unanimously approved a recommendation to increase all first-year classroom teachers (with zero years of experience on their South Carolina Teaching Certificate) to the second year teacher salary schedule (1 year of experience on their South Carolina Teaching Certificate) for the school year 2018-2019 via the Rural Recruitment Initiative expenditure. A supplement will be used to elevate the first year teacher salary schedule to the salary of a second year. 

For FY 2019 CCSD will receive state funding for the Rural Recruitment Initiative. 

The Rural Recruitment Initiative is a state-funded recruitment and retention program to address the statewide teacher shortage concerns. The use of the term rural is somewhat misleading, however. The District’s eligibility is based on a five-year average teacher turnover rate as reported on the district report cards and the funds can be used district-wide, not limited to select schools.

The district was awarded $1.67 million for recruitment initiatives.

“The district is permitted to use a portion of these approved funds to increase the salary of our current first-year classroom teachers to the second year salary level in an effort to encourage them to stay with CCSD,” explained Bill Briggman, Chief Human Resources Officer. “This is another step for the board in reaching their goal of being the highest paying district in the state,” he said.

The total cost, based on an estimate of 250 first year teachers (salary and benefits), is $289,030. This increase is for classroom teachers only; guidance, media and any other paid positions on the teacher salary schedule are not subject to increase.

Per guidelines issued for the use of these funds, the total cost, based on an estimate of 250 first year teachers (salary and benefits), is $289,030. This increase is for classroom teachers only; guidance, media and any other paid positions on the teacher salary schedule are not subject to increase.


2019 Salary Schedule

BA – (First Year) $37,407 (Second Year) $38,258
BA+18 – (First Year) $39,566 (Second Year) $40,478
MA – (First Year) $42,089 (Second Year) $43,062
MA+30 – (First Year) $45,235 (Second Year) $46,284
DCTR – (First Year) $49,005 (Second Year) $50,160