Shelby County School Board set to get massive raise

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- The County Commission couldn't come to terms on how to fund pre-kindergarten education in Shelby County, but had no problem increasing the pay for the nine school board members.

On second reading, they gave the go-ahead to raise their pay from $4,200 per year to $15,000. That's a 200 percent raise.

Council Chair James Harvey said, "Let me put this in perspective. These people work as long as we do. The school board meetings, they meet longer hours and more days. They have been making $4,200 for the last 25 years."

Even though Chairman Harvey voted against funding pre-k, he says this conversation isn't over.

"What they don't see coming is I'm going to propose we fund pre-k. Period.  All of Shelby County. Not the suburbs, or certain demographic, not the poor. Shelby county will fund pre-k."

But commissioners can't agree on how to pay for it.

Commissioner Steve Mulroy wanted to use sales tax revenues.

He said, "I think most people in Shelby County understand they are for pre-k. There may have been some skepticism using the sales tax to fund it, but they are supportive of pre-k itself."

The commissioners who voted against Mulroy's plan say kindergarten through 8th grade classes need work now, and pre-k can wait another year.


  • Les63

    State provided (aka tax payer provided) Pre-K is nothing more than free daycare. What is taught in pre-k is what parents should be teaching their children at home. Anyone qualified to be a parent should have enough sense to teach their child their ABCs and how to write their name and basic skills. Next they’ll want govt provided 3-K!

    • Mecwinnie

      AMEN! Didn’t we vote this down???? No one can answer what is done with the lottery money for preK. Who will get it–the private daycares that are constantly in trouble, and nothing but a scam? Or the churches that get money for daycare and barely baby sit??

  • smith

    The very reason Shelby county is going broke, now we need to raise taxes, Taxes and gives raise’s , tax and spend

  • kris

    So the school board who doesn’treally do anything besides sit on their xxx gets a raise but just may 23 you the board just laid off 300 plus school bus drivers for lack off funds. PEOPLE DORSEY HOPKINS do nor any of the board members have your children’s best interest at heart. If they did they would take care of the schools many schools have no tissue, and soap nor are they being cleaned to satisfactory measures. Why because the board and superintendent believes in outsourcing so they can save more money and put it in their pockets.

    • Don

      If they did they would take care of the schools many schools have no tissue, and soap nor are they being cleaned to satisfactory measures.
      Why is the Heath Department not investigating if things are this bad?

  • Don

    This city has been run by LOOTERS since Herenton came to power.
    Yes, and it hasn’t changed since AC Wharton was allegedly voted in. Remember what a mess when he was the County mayor. I would have thought the FBI would have jailed him by now.

  • this city is a joke

    Agreed. But my ??? Is why are the people here not speaking out more. Things are changing right before our eyes. We should all be pissed off…besides its OUR hrad earn money making all of this b/s possible

  • Bill

    Why do they require a salary. If they really cared they’d do it for free. The board should not be a compensated entity.

  • TD

    Yup..sounds just like the Memphis city school distr…..err… the Shelby county school board….thank god for municipal school districts this fall!!

  • Kevin

    all you whiners are no better then the commission. You people whine and belly ache everyday about this article and that article. You people are no more then a bunch of racist crybaby cowards, all you do is read stuff here so you can complain and whine…. Look, if you don’t have a solution then shut the heck up, who cares about your opinion. Get up off your butt and away from computer and voice yours … prove this statement to be wrong.

  • Tracy

    If they get a pay raise then they should also be held to same evaluation system that is used for teachers. They should be held accountable to what they do and don’t do.

  • ron

    Last time I checked a 4200 dollar/yr raise to 15000 is 357% not 200%. Didn’t anyone question that?

  • Thomas H. Evans

    By now we should realize that our elected officials all do what they want to do once in office. I know there are those of you on here that hate Willie Herenton, but he is no longer in office, and yet when all of y who put Wharton in office you thought things were going to change; they changed, but only for things to get worse. Let’s see how you vote come next year, but as one person stated on here, the time for talking and taking shots is long past due ; it is time now for action. We need to put them all in the streets.

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