"I have been working on the MNPS budget with Dr. Battle and Dr. Gentry, trying to find the best possible way to get recurring dollars to teachers while not penalizing the 40% of MNPS teachers who are “topped out” and while avoiding a property tax increase this year–something that would have hurt in-county teachers more than the proposed raises would have helped," Briley said in a news release.
According to Briley, MNPS employees will initially receive a 3% cost-of-living raise, followed by an additional 3% beginning Jan. 1, 2020, which equals a 4.5% increase over the year.
"Mayor Briley’s investment shows a deep commitment to our teachers and staff members, and we thank him for his leadership and support for public education," Battle said in a statement. "When Mayor Briley saw an opportunity for supplemental revenue, he ensured that it was dedicated to funding a raise for staff members, which is in addition to the raise they are receiving at the start of the year."
In a statement released June 19 following the approval of the Metro Nashville fiscal year 2019-20 operating budget, MNPS said the district would continue to work closely with the school board to "make best use of the resources we have been allotted."
"Our goal is that these resources also ensure that we are able to maintain funding for other new strategic investments," Battle said.
According to Briley, the employee raise is made possible by allocating $7.5 million of the $11.2 million the district pays to the Metro Development and Housing Agency tax increment financing loan repayments. MNPS will continue to pay required funds to the MDHA each year, according to the news release.
"With this increase in place, we will continue our in-depth talks about comprehensive pay plan restructuring for teachers so the more than half of all teachers who are topped out of receiving meaningful increases will get them in future years," Briley said. "There’s work to be done, but this is an important first step."