COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - For the first time in years, Muscogee County school teachers are getting a raise. In a special called meeting Monday night, the School Board adopted the final budget for the next fiscal year by a vote of seven to two.
The plan was tentatively approved last week. The total $274.6 million budget includes money to provide a two percent raise for teachers.
All staff with the district for more than a year will receive some sort of salary increase. Superintendent David Lewis says he is excited to be able to fund these school programs on time starting Friday, July 1.
"It means two percent, a minimum two percent pay raise for teachers, but in addition to that it increases the supplements for math and science. There is also a retention attraction bonus for special education teachers of $2,000," said Superintendent Lewis.
The board also voted Monday night to approve funds for capital improvement projects, the Chattahoochee Valley Libraries and School Nutrition Programs.
Board members Frank Myers and John Thomas voted against the budget saying they were not satisfied with the school administration's answers about what happened to state money promised earlier this year to provide a three percent pay raise for teachers.