Hamilton County teachers call on school board to approve superintendent's new contract, raise

Many attendees hold up green cards to answer in the affirmative to a question raised at the town hall. Hamilton County United held a teachers town hall at the Brainerd Youth and Family Development Center discussing the funding of public education and increasing teacher pay on Nov. 17, 2019.

Hamilton County United, the teacher advocacy group behind an open letter calling out the five county commissioners who voted against a tax increase last year, is back.

This time the group and more than 200 Hamilton County teachers are calling on the school board to approve a contract extension for Superintendent Bryan Johnson.

The board is set to vote Thursday on a new, four-year contract for Johnson, which includes a pay hike and other incentives.

Though some board members have supported the early contract discussions, others have been concerned about increasing Johnson's salary - from about $222,000 a year to $240,000 annually - after teachers had to forgo a raise last summer.

photo Staff Photo by Robin Rudd / Howard School teacher Ashley Cox, center, shares some of her ideas, while Superintendent Bryan Johnson listens.