Greenville teachers start new school year with higher pay

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GREENVILLE COUNTY, S.C. (WSPA) – In Greenville County, the new school year will come with more money for teachers. 

The district said the average teacher received a 6.5% raise.

Greenville County Schools approved a budget, giving every teacher a salary of at least $40,000.

That will be more money in the pockets of Greenville County’s 6,000 teachers. 

Teachers at Monaview Elementary were back in their classrooms for the first time this year, prepping for their students to arrive next week.

One teacher told 7 News the pay increase will help her provide for her family. She hopes it will urge more people to consider becoming teachers.

“I feel like more money will help bring people who have not considered education before into the classroom. Some of those people who have gone into other fields because they make more money,” Christi Jones-McNeill said.

Not only will teachers get more pay in Greenville County this year, every teacher will now have at least a 30 minute daily planning period. 

These breaks will be something new for most elementary schools in the district. 

Teachers said the change will help them prepare lesson plans and activities for their children in the classroom.

Jones-Mcneill said it will help her stay focused on providing the best experience for her and her students.

“It is some days very trying and most days very rewarding, but the extra time to have to take a deep breathe and think about myself and not just my children because I’ve been thinking of my students since they left,” Jones-McNeill said.

Students will begin classes Tuesday Aug. 20 in Greenville County.

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