SCS: Superintendent not trying to get pay raise

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Boarded up windows are all that’s left of where children used to play at Raineshaven Elementary School. It was shut down about two years ago as one of several schools the district chose to consolidate.

“Not only do you have schools that are closing down, but you got kids who are having to leave one school in their community to go to another school," said Kenny Lee.

Lee’s upset with Superintendent Dorsey Hopson and doesn’t want to see making more money.

“Do I agree that he should get a pay raise? No," said Lee. "A pay raise for what? You got schools closing down. Without a school there is no community.”

Lee and a few others held a conference on Friday to express how against a raise they would be.

However, the school district says a raise nor a bonus is even on the table and that superintendent Hopson is rather focusing on how much the teacher’s are making.

A SCS spokesperson said Hopson put his energy into teacher’s receiving a three percent raise, which happened last month.

She said he now wants to give the rest of the district’s employees pay raises. They haven’t seen one in four years.

A recent evaluation for Hopson showed he’s exceeding expectations as a leader, but the consolidations of schools may put a cloud on that for others.

“What has he done?" said Lee. "I don’t see anything he has done since he’s been superintendent I don’t even see him visiting most of these schools?”

One thing everyone can all agree on is the topic of education will remain a hot topic as children’s futures remain a priority.

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