Metro schools budget approved, heads to Metro Council
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WSMV) - MNPS school board voted unanimously to pass the new school year budget.
The new budget includes pay increases for all MNPS employees with specific support for transportation, nutrition services, and paraprofessionals in the school district.
During the special called meeting, Dr. Adrienne Battle announced that some with the Metro Council told the school district it needs to reduce its budget by $10 to $12 million due to an unexpected cut in state funding.
School board members voiced their concern that they hope the cut doesn’t come from money promised to support staff.
In the budget, the more money for MNPS staff happens in different ways.
The school district says the increase in pay for teachers and support staff are expected through step increases on the pay scale and a 4% cost-of-living-adjustment.
According to the school district, all paraprofessionals move up two grades on the pay scale, in addition to a cost-of-living increase and step increase. Also, nutrition services positions get a $2 per hour increase and a cost-of-living increase and step increase.
MNPS also says all bus drivers will also be on a new scale, based on a starting pay of $22.25
Also in the new budget is a six-week paid family leave policy for MNPS employees.
Now that the school board voted on the budget, It will go before the Metro Nashville Council for budge hearing on Wednesday night.
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