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City school board discusses action on faculty raises, TNReady recommendations

Brandon Paykamian • Aug 6, 2018 at 8:22 PM

The Johnson City Board of Education discussed possible action on faculty raises and the district’s recommendations for TNReady state testing at Monday’s meeting. 

Among the recommendations from Johnson City Schools regarding TNReady testing, Superintendent Steve Barnett and other board members have recently recommended that collection and scoring times be reduced. 

The district recommended that the Tennessee Department of Education work to provide a more reliable online and paper/pencil test that could be completed in a one-week window for grades K-8, adding that school districts should have the option to forgo the TNReady assessments for grades 9 and 10.

After running into a multitude of problems with state testing in the spring, including technical issues, Barnett said he believes these are modest proposals. 

“We have about five systems that are interested in (discussing) this,” Barnett said.

“There are some (recommendations) that I think are just a bit cautious, so I’d like the opportunity to talk to them again at the Superintendent Study Council meeting later this month.” 

Barnett added that he hopes to continue discussing changes to the next testing season with other state officials before the board, then decided to vote on a resolution in September to bring the recommendations to the Tennessee School Board Association.

The issue of faculty raises was brought up once again by Board Member Richard Manahan, who said he hopes to see a permanent 1 percent faculty salary raise to retain Johnson City Schools’ status as a district with competitive pay in comparison to other state districts. 

“I think it ought to be a permanent increase,” he said. 

After Board Member Tom Hager Jr. recommended discussing a 1 percent raise without the issue of permanence, Board Chairman Tim Belisle said, “I think we have a consensus that we will consider something in January.”

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