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Teacher pay a priority as Metro Schools begins community budget meetings

Posted at 10:29 PM, Feb 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-17 23:44:35-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — How will Metro Schools pay its teachers? That's the question many are looking for an answer to, before Metro Schools asks Mayor John Cooper to sign off on its spending plan for the 2020-2021 fiscal year.

School leaders still remember the scenes that played out last year, with hundreds of teachers calling out sick to protest funding and pay.

It's something they say will be priority number one this year.

"We know that compensation will be the top priority for us as a district, but we have a little more work to do before we can finalize the critical numbers in this space," said Adrienne Battle, Metro Schools superintendent.

The district is awaiting the results of a teacher pay study promised by Mayor John Cooper.

The district is also considering other spending increases, including free breakfast and lunch for all students.

Three more community meetings will be held for parents to see the budget presentation in person. All meetings are from 6-7:30 p.m. on the following dates:

  • Monday, Feb. 24 at McGavock High School (northeast quadrant)
  • Wednesday, Feb. 26 at Hillwood High School (southwest quadrant)
  • Thursday, Feb. 27 at I.T. Creswell Middle School (northwest quadrant)