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On April 16, the Metro Nashville Public Schools board approved a $924 million operating budget for the 2018-19 school year. The spending plan sees a 5.1 percent increase over last year’s budget of $879 million. In a 7-2 vote, the district increased employee raises and reinstated seven social worker positions that were proposed to be cut.
In a last-minute budget revision, the board included a 2.5 percent raise for employees, as opposed to the 2 percent raise previously offered.
Over the last several years, Nashville school teachers have received raises. Here’s the breakdown:
Teacher increases over the years
*Was based on years of experience and higher education achievement
And here is a look at average salaries for Nashville public school employees as of May 2017:
Salaries by position
|Elementary school teachers||$48,830|
|Middle school teachers||$49,030|
|High school teachers||$50,060|
Source: Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) 2017
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT WITH THE BUDGET?
The budget must be presented to Metro Council for approval. The date has yet to be announced but is expected to be in June.