Cobb County school district employees could see a bigger raise than they were expecting.
Earlier this year, the county’s school district approved a 1.1 percent raise, thanks to Gov. Nathan Deal fully funding the Quality Basic Education program.
That was going to be it, but then Cobb received more growth in its tax digest than originally anticipated. County tax commissioners expected the growth to be 6 percent, but instead it turned out to be 8.21 percent.
As a result, school employees could get a 2.6 percent raise.
Connie Jackson is with the Cobb County Association of Educators. She says this should help the county attract and retain talent.
“For the average teacher, it’s going to be about $3,000 a year more,” Jackson said. “When you really start comparing why people look at money before they decide what county to be in, it does make us a little more competitive.”
After the county approved the first raise, Jackson said that wasn’t enough to make a true difference. She said the 2.6 percent increase falls in line with what they were originally asking.
The school district’s budget already included money for a one-time, 1.1 percent bonus.
Jackson said the timing of the raise is perfect.
“There is a growing wave of discontent among educators,” she said. “We do make less than professionals that are the same education level and experience level that we have.”
Cobb’s Board of Education votes on the raise Thursday evening.