Definition of Teacher

Pine Strawberry School District #12
Definition of Teacher Under ARS § 15­977 I01­014 (R01­020)

The Pine Strawberry School District #12 has officially approved the definition of "teacher" in response to meeting the Arizona State Legislature’s request.  On June 20, 2018 the Pine Strawberry Governing Board approved the definition of “teacher” using the Classroom Site Fund – A.G. Opinion I01-014.

Classroom Site Fund Definition A.G. Opinion I01-014 –concludes that the term “teacher” is not limited to traditional classroom teachers. “School districts and charter schools may use such funds for compensation increases for certified or certificated teachers and others employed to provide instruction to students related to the school's educational mission.” An employee who receives base compensation from Prop. 301 monies would also be eligible to receive a salary increase as a teacher. It should be noted, however, that subsequent court rulings and attorney general opinions have narrowed this definition to those possessing a teaching certificate and who spend at least 50% of their time devoted to instruction central to the school’s educational mission. (Reeves v. Barlow, A.G. Opinion I13-005)    PSGB Approval 20June2018

Pine Strawberry School District #12
Certified Teacher Salary

Average Teacher Salaries (A.R.S. §15-903.E, amended by Laws 2018, Ch. 285, §10)

Average salary of all teachers employed in FY 2019 (budget year)             $44,268.86

Average salary of all teachers employed in FY 2018 (prior year)                  $43,706.97

Dollar increase in the average salary of all teacher                                              $      561.89

Percentage increase                                                                                                                         1.01%

Comments on average salary calculation:  The average salary of all certified teachers employed at Pine Strawberry School District in FY 2019 on based calculations from May 2018. The School District is discussing further potential increases pending finalization of the FY 2019 Budget.  The above salaries are based on signed contract amounts, and do not reflect additional funds to such as: Insurance, Stipends, Incentives, Continuing Education and Endorsements.  

Factors Considered: 

  • The average classroom size (K-8) for the FY2017-2018 was 13 student per grade (one class per grade).
  • The School District was impacted with increased Health Care Cost for FY 2019.


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