AUGUSTA COUNTY -- Thursday night, the school board approved an average of a 4 percent raise for its teachers. The board unanimously approved the plan to increase employee salaries. It would be the first raise in four years.
The board also approved a plan to pay for part-time employee health insurance.
A WHSV reporter spoke with a principal in the county. He said he hopes the raise will attract teachers to the county and keep teachers who want to leave for another district.
"It's going to produce students who will stay here and be good workers for us. The better teachers we have, the better students we're going to have. When you support the teachers first, it's kind of cyclical that it's going to come back and it's going to come back to the community at some point in time," said Dough Shifflett, the principal of Wilson Memorial High School.
Members of the board said Augusta County lost several of its employees to other districts in the past.