Greenville County teachers could be getting a pay raise.
“We think teachers deserve more,” said said Beth Brotherton, who is the director of communications for Greenville County Schools. “They need more to make a living wage”
The school system’s proposed budget released Tuesday calls for a teacher’s starting salary to be set at $40,000 a year.
“This is the largest teacher pay increase that we’ve seen in more than a decade,” Brotherton said. “We’re looking at raising teacher salaries by an average of 6.5 percent.”
The plan also calls for hiring more counselors at middle and high schools and hiring more teachers to reduce class sizes in elementary schools.
The district’s proposed budget is based on the Senate version of the state budget, which has not yet passed.
Administrators are also proposing raising the millage rate on vehicles and businesses by six mills to allow the district to hire more teachers to reduce class sizes and increase teachers’ salaries.
“If you own a car that’s about 10 years old, like a sedan, like a Toyota or a Honda, we’re looking at about an extra 10 to 12 cents per month,” Brotherton said.
“I pay my taxes every year…ten cents a month isn’t going to kill me,” said Greenville County resident Savannah Ramirez.
According to Brotherton, a new car owner would be paying about an extra 75 cents per month.
Businesses would bear a larger burden.
Brotherton said, for example, a restaurant valued at $271,000 would be paying an additional $8.15 a month, while a pharmacy valued at $690,000 would pay an additional $20.78 per month.
The Greenville County School Board is set to vote on the second reading of the FY 2020 General Fund Budget May 21.