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BRITT | The West Hancock Education Association has proposed a 3.65 percent increase to the base salary for teachers for the 2019-20 school year.

The school board’s initial proposal is for a $0 increase on the base pay, but they would cover step and lane changes, which would equate to a 1.32 percent increase.

According to the WHEA’s proposal, the proposed salary increase includes $1,000 added onto the base per individual, for a total increase of $124,541 in district spending on salaries.

The school board’s offer would not increase the base pay, but the 1.32 percent increase for step and lane changes would result in a total increase of $48,565 on salaries.

The WHEA additionally requested to “change the language in the handbook for personal days,” proposing that each teacher have three personal leave days to be used for the teacher’s personal affairs without needing to give a reason for using a personal day and without loss of pay.

As per state law, the school board and teacher’s union must reach a settlement by the end of May.

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