KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Knox County Schools Superintendent Dr. Jim McIntyre’s is proposing a 3 percent raise for teachers and an increase in transportation funds in his 2017 fiscal year budget.
The budget will be presented to the Knox County Board of Education at its Wednesday night meeting. McIntyre is proposing a $453.5 million budget, an increase of $15.5 million from last year. The budget includes around $12 million for educator salaries in benefits – a 3 percent salary increase, maintaining current percentages paid by employees for health insurance and offering Workers’ Compensation for the first time.
The budget also includes a 2 percent salary increase for classified employees, $56,000 for the Disparities in Educational Outcomes Task Force, $1 million in additional funds for the student transportation program and sustaining their Personalized Learning Environment effort and initiating a comprehensive instructional technology initiative at the high school level.More online: Read McIntyre’s budget proposal