Teachers and employees of Hamilton County schools are getting a raise.
On Thursday, school board members voted 7-2 to award a 3 percent across-the-board raise to school system employees, as well as an additional onetime bonus of 1 percent. The action came three months after Superintendent Rick Smith instructed board members to begin the negotiation process for a potential 3 to 5 percent pay increase.
It also came three months after Smith was awarded a $25,000 raise.
Board members Rhonda Thurman and Jonathan Welch cast the two votes in opposition to the raise. According to a NewsChannel 9 report, the board members expressed hesitation over using money from the school system's reserve fund to help cover costs of the raises, fearing the possibility of unforeseen budgeting problems down the road.
The raise is retroactive to July 1 of this year.
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