Teachers have gone above and beyond to advocate for improved resources for schools that specifically brings equity to their pay. I have listened and met with teachers and agree that we are behind in ensuring their pay is fair and allows us to recruit and retain the best and brightest teachers. Same can be said for our public safety and all Metro employees. The reality is our growth has been on the backs of Metro employees and we have to change that. Post cards from students whose parents are teachers drives this reality home. I felt strongly that the substitute budget that was offered (that would’ve raised the property tax rate almost .50 for an extra 1% that would’ve given nothing extra for all other Metro employees) would’ve hampered our ability to fix the structural issues with our budget that ultimately will put us on a course to improving funding for MNPS and all Metro employee pay in the long term. It will be a top priority in the coming year. We will discuss it in more detail at the July 11 town hall.
I’m pleased that the next Donelson Gateway Project is a beautification of their front entranceway. Below is the basic plan that JVI Secret Gardens put together for us. Stay tuned for a fundraising efforts, but feel free to donate at the website above and notate that it’s for Pennington Elementary. It’ll cost about $1,700.