Thanks in large part to federal stimulus money, teachers in Shelby County will see a raise and the district plans to build new schools and renovate additional buildings if the County Commission signs off on the proposed budget unanimously adopted by the School Board.
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Shelby County Schools board members unanimously approved a proposed budget of $2.19 billion Tuesday night, an increase of nearly 60 percent over last year.
Highlights of this year’s budget include five additional prekindergarten classes throughout the district, more money for custodial services, new literacy programs, money for proposed new schools and renovations, and raises for certified and noncertified employees.
The starting salary for teachers will increase about 7% from $43,000 to $45,965, and the maximum salary will rise about 16% from $73,000 to $84,445. The new max salary will raise the salary cap on teachers who have graduate degrees and seniority.
The move in Memphis follows the announcement of a budget in Nashville that will mean teachers there will see an average pay raise of around $7000.
Both cities are using federal stimulus dollars to meet budgeting needs.
While the State of Tennessee has a record surplus, Gov. Lee and lawmakers have refused to make significant new state investments in public education.
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