Teaching Becomes Competition

By: Mike Mueller
By: Mike Mueller

Lee-First members grouped together Monday night to discuss their concerns at RE Lee. One of those, hiring four new teachers.

"We have a few more vacancies and we're real optomistic about hiring some quality teachers," said principal Dr. John Fahey. "Our problem is always going to be competing with other localities."

That competition leaves Staunton at the back of the pack.

"We may not always get the first pick but they have to understand we have a lot to offer and salaries not everything," said Fahey.

That is roughly a $36,000 starting salary. That's why the school board made it a priority to increase pay by 10 percent over the next two years.

"That's what we said is our top priority," said school board member Ron Ramsey. "As we started building the budget and so it looks like we are going to be able to do that."

But even with that increase, competetion has kept them one step behind the game.

"Their doing the same numbers that we are and their looking at doing a 5 percent raise aswell," said Ramsey. "So we're going to be maintaining that competitive level with other localities."

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