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Teachers: 'I cannot afford to work this job'

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The superintendent and his cabinet recently met with concerned teachers behind closed doors. But, apparently, it did little to ease tensions. The superintendent and his cabinet recently met with concerned teachers behind closed doors. But, apparently, it did little to ease tensions.

(WMC-TV) - Some Shelby County teachers are complaining about not making enough money. Frustrations arose once again during Tuesday night's school board meeting.

The superintendent and his cabinet recently met with concerned teachers behind closed doors. But, apparently, it did little to ease tensions.

Longtime Bartlett High School teacher Blount Smith told the Shelby County School board Tuesday night what a lot of her colleagues continue to do, which is gripe.

'And we're the ones who need to be in a better frame of mind so we can meet the children and make everything the best for them," said Smith. "A happier teacher makes for a much happier student and a better learner."

The complaints came weeks after superintendent Dorsey Hopson met in private with teachers concerned about delayed pay, fewer incentives, and increased insurance costs.

Education Association president Keith Williams recalled one teacher's story from the meeting.

"Some of the teachers are crying: 'I cannot afford to work this job,' " said Williams. "One young man stood up in the audience and said 'I'm coming home to my family every two weeks with only $277. I cannot afford this.' "

The teacher's union has presented a list of grievances and other concerns. Officials say they are still waiting on a response, despite the district's supposed receptiveness.

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