New Berlin School District


Survey Highlights: 

  • This district has no system for career salary advancement for its professional educators and we are unaware of any immediate plans to establish one. Educators in this school district have no way of knowing what salary increases, if any, they will receive in future years.
  • This district has one of the lowest starting salaries in southeastern Wisconsin.


Salary Comparison

Starting SalaryCareer Maximum SalaryYears to Reach Maximum SalaryPre Act 10 Career Maximum Salary
$33,500 (est)unknownunknownunknown
1. This district has a written system for career salary advancement that is objective, predictable, and attainable by all teachers.
1. Before deciding to non-renew or terminate a teacher, this district always gives significant advance notice of any deficiencies and the opportunity and support to improve their performance
2. This district has a seniority based layoff procedure, rather than unpredictable subjective judgment.
3. This district has recall rights for teachers to return to their jobs after being laid off.
4. This district has "just cause" language for teacher discipline, non-renewal, and termination
5. This district allows teachers to appeal discipline, non-renewal, and termination decisions to an impartial arbitrator or judge.
1. This district provides time and resources on scheduled in-service days to help teachers meet state and district educator accountability requirements, including SLO's and PPG's.
2. This district has reduced or eliminated teacher preparation time.
3. This district has increased the length of the teacher work day without additional compensation.
4. This district has increased the number of required work days in the contracted year without additional compensation.
5. This district has made significant changes to health insurance benefits that have negatively impacted teachers by requiring either higher co-pays and premiums and/or reductions in scope and level of coverage.
6. This district has reduced or eliminated teacher retirement benefits promised to teachers as an incentive for remaining in this district for their career.
7. This district has reduced or eliminated sick leave benefits and/or accumulated sick leave.

Additional Information Regarding This School District: 

In reviewing the Employee Handbook provisions specifically related to teachers, we found the following policies that may be of interest to potential employees:

  • The New Berlin School District may require teachers to attend mandatory in-services or other training outside of the school day, including weekends.
  • New Berlin has one of the LOWEST starting salaries in southeastern Wisconsin.
  • New Berlin teachers are specifically FORBIDDEN to discuss their personal compensation with ANYONE other that their supervisors or the New Berlin Employment Services office.
  • Substitute coverage for absent teachers and/or addtional duties as assigned is mandatory. Teachers in New Berlin receive no additional pay for doing these extra duties in addition to their normal teaching load.
  • Teachers must particpate in at least one District Level Committee each year.
  • Teachers and their spouses that participate in the Employee Wellness Program may receive a portion of the employee health insurance premium share rebated into a Health Expenses Reimbursement Account (HRA)
  • Teachers and their spouses who are NOT nicotine-free for a minimum of 12 months prior to enrollment in District Health insurance must pay an additional health insurance premium cost of $75.00 per month for the employee and $75.00 for the spouse if applicable.


The New Berlin School District has been one of the most aggressive school districts in southeastern Wisconsin in using the provisions contained in Act 10 to reduce teacher compensation and benefits, while increasing teacher workload expectations.

Since 2011, many excellent teachers have resigned from teaching positions in the New Berlin School District. 

At least half of the teachers who were employed in the New Berlin School District in July 2011 are no longer teaching for the New Berlin School District.

This school district has one of the highest turnover rates of all the school districts that we monitor in southeastern Wisconsin. 


District Required Educator Effectiveness Worklload

Number of SLO's per YearNumber of PPG's per YearLength of Summative Evaluation Cycle


The information on this district page comes from a variety of publicly available information sources.  We thank all who have contributed information towards the development of this page. Addtional information is always appreciated. Send information to [email protected].


Accuracy of Information: Every attempt was made to ensure that the information on this District page was accurate at the time of publishing. If a district has made changes to employment policies, practices, compensation or benefits, we would appreciate an email letting us know of the changes so that we can update the information for the district as soon as possible.  Send updated or new information to [email protected]


Thanks from the Teaching in Wisconsin Research Team.