Thursday, May 9, 2019
News 12 at 6 O’Clock/NBC at 7
RICHMOND COUNTY, GA (WRDW/WAGT) – As students and teachers wrap up one school year, Richmond County is excited for the next when all employees get a raise – starting with teachers.
“We're incredibly grateful to the governor and the state legislature for representing the needs of our teachers and giving them a $3,000 raise, and we're glad we could follow through with that,” Kaden Jacobs, spokesman for Richmond County School System, said.
Jessica Wells is a mom of four Richmond County students and a parent advocate.
“I think teachers should, they are the backbone,” Wells said. “If we didn't have the teachers, we wouldn't have education, so that's well-deserved.”
Bus drivers are also getting raises as well as school nutrition employees.
“Bus drivers will get 2 percent,” Jacbos said. “That came from the state. School nutrition also got 2 percent from the state, but we were awarded a federal grant which will help us give an additional 2 percent."
They’re also able to lower their student-to-teacher ratio as they close some schools and move students and teachers to others.
“We can fill up those classrooms to state capacity and then have another classroom to state capacity instead of going over by a couple at some of the other schools,” Jacobs said.
Those are all changes Wells is in favor of if the system has the staff to support it.
“It's a good thing if we can decrease the numbers in our classroom of student-to-teacher ratio,” Wells said.
Students may not be excited for next year, but the teachers and staff sure are ready.
“I think we have great opportunities for our students,” Jacobs said. “New facilities opening, renovations, I think it’s going to be a really great year.”
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