Hamilton County school board members fire back after commissioners question revised budget, lack of teacher pay raise

The Hamilton County School Board meets during a Hamilton County Schools budget work session on Thursday, March 14, 2019 in Chattanooga, Tenn.
photo Tucker McClendon

Some Hamilton County school board members are firing back after county commissioners questioned the district's revised budget proposal at a commission meeting Wednesday.

Board members say there is a "disconnect" between the school board and the commission, especially when it comes to funding priorities for the county's school district.

Several commissioners raised concerns about teacher compensation after a teacher pay raise was cut from the school district's fiscal year 2020 proposed budget and replaced with a one-time, $1,500 bonus.

But District 8 board member Tucker McClendon said the school district did want to give teachers a pay hike.

"We presented them a budget that has a 5% teacher raise in it, they decided not to go that route and we just don't have the funds to do a 5% teacher raise," McClendon said.