Breaking Down the Budget: Employee Compensation

image09550 This week, we're breaking down the budget proposal for the 2018-2019 operating year. Metro Schools will focus on Our Students and Our People in the 2018-19 operating budget, with the majority of spending aimed at improving equity and excellence across the district.

Read more about the budget proposal here.

 One strategic priority of the budget proposal focuses on the Our People goal area of the Strategic Framework.

Investing in our employees is a priority to ensure we recruit and retain the highest-quality staff and without an engaged workforce, much of the work outlined in the Strategic Framework and supported in this year's proposal would be unattainable.

"As we talk about the investments that are needed within our school district, none are more important than an investment in our people.    If we do not address the needs of those who work so diligently in our schools every day – our teachers and our staff, there is no way we will achieve any of our goals.  We can have the most thoughtful and intentional Strategic Plan in the world, but none of the work will happen unless staff are inspired to execute it."

- Dr. Shawn Joseph, Director of Schools, State of Schools Address March 2018

For the second year in a row, employee compensation is a primary priority of our budget proposal to ensure that we hire and retain the highest-quality staff – and to ensure that our employees can live on the salaries they make. Through this proposal, the district is increasing compensation for all staff, while also looking specifically at para-educator salaries.


While compensation will be addressed across the board, it's a particular focus for our para-professional employees who work with our special education students and support classroom teachers.

This budget proposal includes a $1.3 million investment specifically for our para-professional employees. This will ensure para-professional pay is increased by two pay grades, in addition to the proposed raises for all employees.

"Para-educators like Kushana and Michelle are committed to their schools and students and they are deserving of a salary that better reflects the costs of living in a growing and progressive city like Nashville."

This investment totals $24,584,700 and:

We know our para-professional educators are a critical piece of our classrooms. Learn more about two exceptional para-professionals, Kushana and Michelle, in this video:

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2018 State of Schools Address: Para Professionals from Metro Nashville Public Schools on Vimeo.


More than 11,000 employees work, who deserve a salary that reflects the cost of living in this city, support our 86,000 Metro Schools students every day – and this budget proposal will, in turn, help to support them.

Learn more about this year's budget proposal and view the overall timeline here.