Rutherford County school system is fastest growing system in Tennessee – Salary study to be conducted to prepare for continued growth

Rutherford County Schools has announced plans to move forward with an employee salary study. The schools director, Dr. Jimmy Sullivan, said a third-party vendor will oversee and conduct the study… The salary study will not affect the upcoming school year, but may change future salary structures. However, a 5% salary increase has already been approved for the 2022-2023 school year. This equates to a $2,000 salary increase for first-grade teachers with bachelor’s degrees, bringing the salary to $44,930 per year. New educators with a master’s degree will see a salary increase of $2,300, bringing the annual salary to $49,207.

As schools grow, administrators want to ensure that they not only retain their current teaching staff, but also have the opportunity to recruit new educators. Rutherford County currently has the fastest growing school district in Tennessee, as noted by school spokesman James Evans…County schools added more students in the past year than the average size of most voluntary state school districts. With growth in mind, the principal of the schools said they continue to look for land to build future schools on… Again, Rutherford County Schools is officially the fastest growing school district in Tennessee and additional land is needed to keep up with the growth.

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