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R277. Education, Administration.

Rule R277-110. Legislative Supplemental Salary Adjustment.

As in effect on December 1, 2016

Table of Contents

R277-110-1. Definitions.

A. "Board" means the Utah State Board of Education.

B. "Comprehensive Administration of Credentials for Teachers in Utah Schools (CACTUS)" means the electronic file maintained on all licensed Utah educators. The file includes information such as:

(1) personal directory information;

(2) educational background;

(3) endorsements;

(4) employment history;

(5) professional development information; and

(6) a record of disciplinary action taken against the educator.

C. "Educator" means a teacher or other individual as defined by the Utah State Legislature in 53A-17a-153.

D. "Educator Salary Adjustments" means salary increases paid annually in equal amounts to educators as defined in 53A-17a-153(1) and specified in R277-110-3C and D.

E. "LEA" means a local education agency, including local school boards/public school districts, charter schools, and, for purposes of this rule, the Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind.

F. "USOE" means the Utah State Office of Education.

G. "USDB" means Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind.

R277-110-2. Authority and Purpose.

A. This rule is authorized by Utah Constitution Article X, Section 3 which vests general control and supervision of Public Education in the Board, Section 53A-1-401(3) which allows the Board to adopt rules in accordance with its responsibilities, and Section 53A-17a-153(6) which authorizes the Board to make rules regarding educator salary adjustments.

B. The purpose of this rule is to outline a consistent method for enacting educator salary adjustments in accordance with Section 53A-17a-153, Educator Salary Adjustments.

R277-110-3. Procedures.

A. Each LEA shall:

(1) have employee evaluation procedures consistent with Title 53A, Chapter 8a; schools exempt from Title 53A, Chapter 8a shall have employee evaluation procedures in place to participate in the Program and receive funds under Section 53A-17a-153.

(2) put the Educator Salary Adjustment appropriation into the LEA's salary schedule each year that an educator salary adjustment is appropriated by the Legislature;

(3) ensure the amount of the Educator Salary Adjustment is the same for each eligible full-time-equivalent educator position in the LEA;

(4) ensure that each eligible employee who is not a full-time educator receives a proportional salary adjustment based on the number of hours the employee works in his current assignment as an educator;

(5) ensure that each educator who receives a salary adjustment has received a satisfactory or above job performance rating in his most recent evaluation concluded in the school year prior to the year for which the adjustment is made; new hires are considered to have met this requirement by successfully completing the position hiring process and being selected for an educator position.

B. Once an educator qualifies for an adjustment in a designated school year, the adjustment becomes an ongoing part of the educator's salary.

C. Educators in the following assignments shall receive salary adjustments of $2500 and $1700 and benefits as designated annually:

(1) a classroom teacher;

(2) speech pathologist;

(3) librarian or media specialist;

(4) preschool teacher;

(5) mentor teacher;

(6) teacher specialist;

(7) teacher leader;

(8) guidance counselor;

(9) audiologist;

(10) psychologist; or

(11) social worker as defined in 53A-17a-153(1).

D. School building level administrators shall receive salary adjustments of $2500 and benefits as designated annually.

E. The educator shall be licensed, employed by an LEA and hold a current license issued under Title 53A, Chapter 6, Educator Licensing and Professional Practices Act.

F. Each LEA shall annually note on the appropriate salary schedule:

(1) the amount of the Educator Salary Adjustment;

(2) the positions qualifying for the adjustment;

(3) that an educator or administrator received a satisfactory or better performance rating required to receive the adjustment; and

G. Each LEA shall document satisfactory performance ratings annually.

H. The USOE shall remit to LEAs, through monthly bank transfers and allotment memos beginning in July of each year, an estimated educator salary adjustment amount to be adjusted in November of each year to match the number of qualified educators in the CACTUS data base system.

I. Adjustments to CACTUS after November 15 of each year shall not count towards the amount for Educator Salary Adjustments until the following year.

J. Educator Salary Adjustments may not be included when calculating the weighted average compensation adjustment for non-administrative licensed staff.

R277-110-4. Reports.

A. LEAs shall maintain adequate accounting records to submit an annual report summarizing the uses and recipients of Educator Salary Adjustment funds to USOE each year by November 1 on USOE-designated forms.

(1) LEAs shall:

(a) maintain the information by program and;

(b) carry over any unused balances within the program for use in the following year.

(2) Reports shall balance with amounts reported on the AFR (Annual Financial Report) and the APR (Annual Program Report).

(3) Failure to submit the required reports on a timely basis may result in withholding of LEA funds until the report is submitted in an acceptable format and is complete, or may render the LEA ineligible for participation in the Educator Salary Adjustment program the following year.

(4) Failure to remedy allocation of funds not in accordance with Section 53A-17a-153, Educator Salary Adjustment, and R277-110, Legislative Supplemental Salary Adjustment, shall also result in withholding of LEA funds for the Educator Salary Adjustment program until an appropriate remedy is implemented and verified.


educators, salary adjustments

Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment

September 21, 2012

Notice of Continuation

August 1, 2012

Authorizing, Implemented, or Interpreted Law

Art X Sec 3; 53A-1-401(3); 53A-17a-153(6)

Additional Information


For questions regarding the content or application of rules under Title R277, please contact the promulgating agency (Education, Administration). A list of agencies with links to their homepages is available at http://www.utah.gov/government/agencylist.html or from http://www.rules.utah.gov/contact/agencycontacts.htm.