Article from The Wilson Post.
The Wilson County Board of Education recently approved a $149 million budget for 2018-19 school year as well as a bid for the proposed North Greenhill High School in Mt. Juliet.
As approved, the budget includes teacher raises in its needs assessment.
By a vote of 6-1, with District 1 Board member Wayne McNeese in opposition, board members voted in favor of the budget, which is contingent upon the approval of the Wilson County Commission.
McNeese objected, in part, because he wanted to see salary increases for teacher in the regular budget and not the needs assessment.
“I just don’t think it will get done, their (teachers’) raises should be in the regular budget,” McNeese said. “Teachers need their raise.”
Earlier this year, the board approved a 12.5-percent raise for teachers, a $9.3 million line item in the needs assessment. McNeese questioned why the raise was not part of the general fund budget. After the July 9 meeting, Deputy Director of Wilson County Schools Mickey Hall said if those monies were placed in the general fund, the system might not be in compliance with the state law test to meet fund balance requirements.
Hall noted the needs assessment will be reviewed by county committees for approval on July 23 before moving on to the full county commission.
The board also approved a bid for the proposed North Greenhill High School by a vote of 6-1, with McNeese casting the vote in opposition. The school would be located at the corner of Lebanon and North Greenhill roads. Four vendors bid on the project, with Robert S. Biscan Construction’s $86.7 million bid winning the approval of the board.
The board’s full request for the new school to the Wilson County Commission will be for $106,518,421 to build and equip the facility.
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