Dr. Joseph has released his first budget as director of schools. It includes raises for teachers and support staff, adds more ELL teachers, and more. According to the Tennessean, “Joseph is asking for $902.8 million in funds to operate the district, an increase of just over $59 million for the 2017-18 school year.” Here’s a first look at the budget, which you can read here:
- 3% raise for teachers and support staff
- Increased substitute pay. According to Joseph, MNPS will have highest sub pay for middle Tennessee.
- 31 new ELL teachers
- 18 new translators
- 11 new reading recovery teachers
- 7 more school counselors
- 19.5 additional itinerate staff (school psychologists, speech pathologists, and instructional technology specialists)
- 2 SEL coaches
- 4 more community achieves site managers
- Every school will be required to have a literacy coach and a part time gifted instructor
- Free Advanced Placement, Cambridge, and International Baccalaureate exams for students
- All middle schools will become STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) schools over the next three years
- HR office will grow by 8 employees
Dr. Joseph will present the proposed budget to Mayor Megan Barry on April 13. The mayor and the council will have the final say in how much of the proposed budget is funded.
I wanted to share some of the graphics that went along with the budget presentation.
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