Cleveland City Schools Budget Includes 3% Pay Increase, 5 New Teacher Positions, Computer Initiative

Wednesday, March 16, 2016 - by Hannah Vickery
Cleveland School Board
Cleveland School Board
- photo by Hannah Vickery

The Cleveland City Schools (CCS) Board of Education on Wednesday approved the upcoming budget, including a three percent salary increase for all employees, a one-to-one initiative for computers in the classroom, five new teacher positions, a part-time Drivers Ed position at Cleveland High School (CHS), and adding more instructional tools, such as annual online subscriptions to electronic textbooks.

The board opened the meeting by introducing the School Nutrition Department amendment to increase the budget for items such as affordable school lunches and the tobacco grant program, a coordinated school health awareness campaign about the dangers of the use of tobacco.

After board members talked about the success of the nutrition department, they decided to approve the amendment for an increase in budgeted funds.

The board discussed an increase in funds for the community services sector from $15,000 to $25,000. This increase will go towards the annual donation to the Bradley-Cleveland Education Foundation.

These funds will help supplement the director of the foundation’s salary. Members of the foundation stated that this salary increase will assist in giving back to the school system through the organization’s various programs.

CCS board members did not come to a final decision on the proposed donation increase, so they proposed calling another meeting in August to discuss the matter. Both the CCS board and the foundation board agreed to be present at that meeting.

The CCS board approved the 2016-2017 budget on the condition that the donation issue will be revisited at the August meeting.

For more information about the CCS Board of Education, visit www.clevelandschools.org.

For more information about the 2015-2016 budget, visit http://www.clevelandschools.org/cms/lib011/TN01917036/Centricity/domain/4/documents/CCS-2015-2016-Budget.pdf.


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