No raises for Huntsville City School teachers

The school board decided against raises for teachers in the Huntsville City School System.
The school board decided against raises for teachers in the Huntsville City School System.

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - There will be no raises for teachers in Huntsville City Schools.

The decision came out of Tuesday night's school board budget meeting.

The superintendent said the decision for raises came down to what the state has in store.

Superintendent Dr. Casey Wardynski said this is about the constitutional amendment vote for the state.

The entire state will vote on September 18 whether to approve the state using money from the trust fund to keep state agencies afloat, but education leaders are paying very close attention to this.

A school board member brought up giving teachers a cost of living raise, but the superintendent is very concerned about doing that and did not recommend it for three major reasons.

The district has not built up its state mandated one month reserve money; there's a possibility the state could give raises next year, which could double the cost for Huntsville City Schools to pay out; and if voters do not approve the constitutional amendment, education leaders fear lawmakers may end up raiding the education trust fund to pay state agencies.

However, to help teachers out in Huntsville this year, the board did approve giving teachers $700 in their paychecks, an additional $300 for school supplies, and the state is chipping in $350 as well.

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