Huntsville Schools Launch Principal Pay Incentive Plan

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New and transferred principals in the Huntsville school district are being challenged to improve their schools with a newly created incentive program.

The incentive pay program is based on yearly improvement in student achievement. The district has set aside $100,000 for the 23 principals If they do not make their individual school improvement plans then the money will not be handed out. Several schools also have a high number of students living in low-income neighborhoods, which can add to the challenge of improving achievement.

The incentive plan is an initiative of Superintendent Casey Wardynski.

“Without the leadership, the teachers cannot be highly effective no matter how good they are," Dr. Wardynski told WHNT News 19.

The program is funded through about $700,000 from four principals who will not be with the district next year.