Oak Ridge teachers, staff members, and principals have requested a 2.5 percent salary increase in the next school year.
The requests could be considered as part of the budget discussions for the fiscal year that starts July 1.
The Oak Ridge Education Association said the consumer price index has increased 2.38 percent on average each year during the past decade. Meanwhile, the annual salary increase for school staff members has averaged 1.5 percent.
Teachers have not had a pay increase for several years, said Mike Haygood, OREA co-president.
“Some type of salary increase is long overdue,” he told members of the Oak Ridge Board of Education during a March 24 meeting. [Read more...]