School board approves budget, includes 2.5 percent teacher raise

School board approves budget, includes 2.5 percent teacher raise

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Knox County school board approved a $432.34 million budget Monday night that includes a 2.5 percent raise for teachers. Knox County school board approved a $432.34 million budget Monday night that includes a 2.5 percent raise for teachers.
The superintendent's original budget proposal included a 3 percent raise for teachers and Monday the board worked to try to get back as close to the original number as possible. The superintendent's original budget proposal included a 3 percent raise for teachers and Monday the board worked to try to get back as close to the original number as possible.
"This is frustrating. You've got to have resources to fund a business. There's no way to have an excellent school system without more money," Harris said. "This is frustrating. You've got to have resources to fund a business. There's no way to have an excellent school system without more money," Harris said.

 By ALEXIS ZOTOS

6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Knox County school board approved a $432.34 million budget Monday night that includes a 2.5 percent raise for teachers.

Superintendent Dr. Jim McIntyre presented his revised budget to the board that included a 2 percent raise. He had to make changes to his original budget after Gov. Bill Haslam announced he was reducing education funding including withdrawing a planned raise for teachers.

The superintendent's original budget proposal included a 3 percent raise for teachers and Monday the board worked to try to get back as close to the original number as possible.

Board member Karen Carson made the amendment to increase the raise to 2.5 percent.

The board unanimously approved the amended $432,335,000 budget. It is a 2.97 percent increase since last year's budget.

Carson proposed an additional $1.25 million for the raises.

The budget will require $4.5 million in additional funding from county commission.

Board member Indya Kincannon said it is an "affordable investment."

Several board members, including Doug Harris, said they need to help county commission understand this money in necessary.

"This is frustrating. You've got to have resources to fund a business. There's no way to have an excellent school system without more money," Harris said.

Harris said while he considers himself a fiscal conservative. He would support a tax increase if it meant funding for education.

6 News spoke with several county commissioners about if they would support giving the school district increased funds.

On Friday, Commissioner Ed Shouse said he would not.

"I certainly support and am in favor of teachers and school staff raises, they certainly deserve it, frankly though in our economic situation, I don't know where the money would come from.  It wouldn't be very prudent to take it from fund balance, that would be in essence spending one time money on reoccurring expenses," Shouse said.

Commissioner Tony Norman and Commissioner Mike Brown also said they support the teachers but said they couldn't support giving the district more funding from the general fund.

Shouse said he would not support a tax increase.

"Any talk of a tax increase, I doubt it would get a motion let alone a second, I don't believe there's any sentiment for a tax increase this year," Shouse said.

But Carson said it would be irresponsible for the school board not to ask for the funds they need.

"I think the school system has been very clear about setting out strategies set with the entire community and that includes our funding body and our mayor and all our other elected leaders to say, what do we want, what do we expect from Knox County schools, what do we expect to produce in our kids? Once you set up those strategies, it's irresponsible for me to not ask for what we need," Carson said.

 

 

 

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