Are MPCSD teachers overpaid?
No. MPCSD operates in a professional labor market in which the demand for high-quality teachers is greater than the supply. When one accounts for the extraordinarily high cost of living in the Silicon Valley (particularly in Menlo Park) and considers that teachers are the single most important factor for every child achieving academic excellence, the answer, again, is NO. The district’s bottom line is simple: MPCSD pays what is necessary to attract and retain high quality teachers in an extremely competitive environment. Its salaries are comparable to neighboring, similar districts and its hiring practices and salary structure ensure that it can continue to deliver the overall highest possible quality of education to its students. Communities like Menlo Park demand high quality schools; teacher salaries, work environment, and professional support ensure that the district can continue to offer what the community demands.
To affirm its commitment to attracting and retaining excellent teachers, the School Board developed its Teacher Compensation Philosophy, which was approved in spring of 2019. Through the vision and hard work of Board members, administration, and an outstanding teaching and support staff over the last 20 years, MPCSD transformed itself from an average performing district to the world-class, top performing district it is today. It is a talent organization that not only pays to attract and retain extraordinary performers, but also to provide professional development experiences to team members that is second to none.