Personnel in the Danville school system will soon get raises for the first time in more than three years, the Board of Education unanimously decided Thursday.
All certified and classified staff members, including teachers, will receive 2 percent raises in the 2012-13 academic year.
Lonnie Harp, board vice chairman, made the motion, and member Tim Montgomery seconded.
Regarding the raises, Chairwoman Jean Crowley said, “It’s very well deserved, no doubt about that.”
Superintendent Carmen Coleman said she would like to see teachers eventually receive even higher raises, but the state and federal budget situation has made it difficult to offer more substantial raises to any district employee. Coleman noted that staffing cuts throughout the system have made it necessary for teachers, support staff and administrators to work even harder than usual.
“I especially want our teachers to be paid more than the surrounding communities,” Coleman said. “Right now, we’re below most.”