Bell County Board of Education votes unanimously for significant increase in teacher pay

Published 2:07 pm Friday, May 3, 2024

The Bell County Board of Education has voted unanimously to implement a substantial pay raise for the upcoming school year. The measure will result in a 6% increase in teacher pay and a raise for classified employees of $1 per hour.

Over the past three years, educators’ salaries have increased by 13% in the Bell County School District, while classified pay has risen by $4 per hour, equating to an average 25% increase. Superintendent Tom Gambrel said this reaffirms the Board’s commitment to rewarding the hard work and dedication shown by the district’s employees and demonstrates their commitment to fostering excellence in education.

“Our people are our strongest asset, and we are committed to providing them with the recognition and support they deserve,” Gambrel said. “By investing in our teachers and staff, the Board not only acknowledges their role in shaping the future of our children but also ensures that Bell County attracts and keeps the best possible employees.”

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According to a release from the school board, this decision was made possible in part by the budget recently passed by the state legislature, which allocated increased funding for SEEK, Tier 1, transportation, and funding for School Resource Officers (SROs). The Board extends its gratitude to the legislature for its commitment to prioritizing education and ensuring that Bell County Schools have the resources necessary to provide students with the best possible education.

“As Bell County continues its journey toward educational excellence, the Board remains steadfast in its dedication to supporting its educators. The significant increase in teacher and classified pay demonstrates this commitment,” Gambrel added.