Commissioners put off school funding decision - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

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Commissioners put off school funding decision

Shelby County Commissioners deferred approving the Shelby County School's budget at a meeting Monday afternoon.

Dozens of teachers attended Monday's meeting to speak about the budget, which gives teachers a two percent raise, school administrators a three percent raise, and district Superintendent Bobby Webb a 32 percent raise.

While several teachers spoke in favor of the budget, some commissioners expressed concern that school administrators are set to receive a high raise than county sheriff's deputies.

Webb said his raise is large in part because of the contract he signed with the system seven years ago.  Under the terms of the budget, his salary would increase from approximately $175,000 to approximately $231,000.

"The superintendent of the county school system should be paid comparable to the other large systems," Webb said.  "We're the fourth largest system.  The super should be compensated around the fourth highest in the state, and that's all the contract says."

Teachers and administrators left the meeting disappointed, noting the system's budget does not ask the county for any additional tax money or funding.

Commissioners will take up the budget again at their next meeting.


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