Middlesboro Board of Education votes for salary increase

Published 3:35 pm Thursday, May 23, 2024

At their regularly scheduled May meeting, the Middlesboro Board of Education took a decisive step towards recognizing and valuing the dedication of its educators by unanimously approving a substantial salary increase for certified staff and classified employees.

In a move aimed at addressing the ongoing challenges posed by the teacher and staff shortages, ensuring the delivery of quality education to students, and the continual rise in the cost of living, the board has approved a 6% raise for certified staff and a $1.50 per hour raise for classified employees.

Expressing gratitude towards the faculty and staff, the Board emphasized the crucial role they play in shaping the future of the community. The decision to increase salaries reflects the board’s dedication to providing the best education for the students at MIS.

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“By attracting and retaining quality professionals, we can ensure that our students receive the high-quality education they deserve, setting them up for success in the years to come,” Superintendent Waylon Allen said.

Acknowledging the challenges posed by the nationwide teacher and staff shortages, the Middlesboro Board of Education reiterated its unwavering commitment to providing students with a quality education.

“Investing in our educators is an investment in the future of our children,” said board chairperson Teresa Brown.

The salary increases represent a proactive step towards addressing the teacher and staff shortages while reaffirming the board’s commitment to the well-being and academic success of Middlesboro’s students.