The Mississippi Legislature is in the final stages of completing a bill to provide teachers with a compensation resulting in a $1,000 pay increase.
“We’re always excited about teacher raises. It’s exciting to think that our government thinks that we’re special enough to have extra money,” said LeAnn Naylor, second grade teacher.
Senate Bill 2001 is what will cause teachers to receive an increase in pay.
“It’s an encouragement to our teachers. I think that they deserve the raise that’s being proposed even more in the future as well,” said George Hedgepeth, business administrator.
The Lauderdale County School District says the school budget will not change much from the raise.
“The district should see little to no cost what has to be paid out of pocket,” said Hedgepeth.
The State of Mississippi has a teacher shortage and higher pay could attract in excellent teacher recruits.
“We need to do everything we can to recruit top quality people into the field of education,” said Lisa Shelly, Northeast Elementary Principal.
Regardless of the salary, teachers will continue to spend personal funds to provide classroom expenses, but the raise will help make a difference.
“We are given money to a degree, but we want more for our children. If there is a lesson that I’m teaching and it requires extra materials, I will go to get those extra materials,” Naylor said.