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$20,000 pay raise proposed for SCS board members

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That is a proposed raise of almost 600 percent for the new seven-member board, but one Shelby County Commissioner says the school board members deserve the raise. That is a proposed raise of almost 600 percent for the new seven-member board, but one Shelby County Commissioner says the school board members deserve the raise.

(WMC-TV) - A proposal goes before the Shelby County Commission Wednesday involving a $20,000 pay raise for Shelby County Schools District Board members.

That is a proposed raise of almost 600 percent for the new seven-member board, but one Shelby County Commissioner says the school board members deserve the raise.

The raise is an ordinance proposed by Shelby County Commissioner Mike Ritz.

"We've got a new school board. They're doing a really good job. I think we need to do what we can to keep them in place and make sure we literally attract the best," he said.

Shelby County School Board members make $4,200 a year. Ritz's proposal would up it to 25,000 a year.

"Personally I think it's very irresponsible. Right now, at this time, what we just went through spending $10 million in legal fees over the lawsuit, and we aren't able to pay our teachers enough," said Shelby County Commissioner Chris Thomas.

Commissioner Sidney Chism said he is not opposed to raising the school board salaries.

Shelby County Commissioners and Memphis City Council members make almost $30,000 a year.

Most taxpayers think it is a bad idea.

"I really don't agree with it considering the teachers did not receive a raise this year, and the teachers work extremely hard," said retired teacher Freda Moore.

Shelby County Schools board members say they never asked for a raise.

"If it's $4,000 or $24,000 I will continue to do this work because it's important," said board member Kevin Woods.

The Shelby County commission is scheduled to discuss Mike Ritz ordinance to raise school board salaries Wednesday morning.

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