March 11, 2014
SHENANDOAH COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) -- For the first time in nearly 10 years, teachers in Shenandoah County may be getting a raise.
Teachers at Peter Muhlenburg Middle School said Dr. Jeremy J. Raley, the current superintendent, is the first one in a decade to propose an increase in their pay.
Something they see as long overdue and beyond important to building a successful community.
Jamie Nichols, a teacher at the school, said education is the first step to success and teachers are the most important part of that process; however, without competitive pay, it's letting students down by depriving them of experienced and talented teachers.
Almost 50 percent of new teachers left last year and Nichols said the pay is driving strong and effective teachers out of the school system.
"I also have to realistic about what I need for my own family. A 30 minute drive, for a significant pay increase, to do what I still love to do, is tempting," said Nichols.
There is a meeting for the proposed budget Wednesday night at 7 in the Shenandoah County Government Center open to the public for discussion.