County leaders come to agreement on Shelby County Schools budget - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Lori Brown

County leaders come to agreement on Shelby County Schools budget

Wednesday, Shelby County leaders came to an agreement on a budget for Shelby County Schools. 

The budget, which includes a big raise for Superintendent Bobby Webb, was passed unanimously by the Shelby County Commission's education committee, but not without hesitation, and even a lecture from some commissioners about tough times.

While no one questioned Webb's performance, commissioners questioned the timing of a 32 percent raise for Webb and a three percent raise for other administrators.

"Is it appropriate to have pay raises for administrators that exceed pay raises teachers are going to get, and exceed the pay raise county employees get - including sheriff's deputies?" Mike Carpenter asked.

"Times are tough," commissioner Sidney Chism added.  "Everyone is suffering in this country."

Along with Webb's raise, which would bring his salary to $231,000 annually , teachers would get a two percent raise, and administrators a three percent raise.

Webb said the raises for administrators and himself were necessary to keep up with salaries in the rest of the state.  Webb's salary, for example, is based on the average superintendent's salary in Tennessee's four largest school districts.

Shelby County Schools did not ask the county for any additional funding.  The budget will now go to the full commission for a vote on Monday.

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