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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

School year Increase
2018-19 2.5%
2017-18 3%
2016-17 N/A*
2015-16 2

*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

Position Average wage
Teacher assistants $24,380
Preschool teachers $27,770
Kindergarten teachers $48,300
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.

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