Oak Ridge Educators are Asking for Raise

Oak Ridge School Administration Building

Oak Ridge educators are asking for a 4% pay raise in the next school year, which would bring a beginning teachers’ salary up to $52,000 a year. Leaders with the Oak Ridge Education Association made the request to the Oak Ridge Board of Education and school system administration at Monday night’s monthly board meeting at the School Administration Building. School administrators asked for a 2.5% to 3% increase. The educators presented their requests to the board members ahead of their work on the upcoming school year’s budget preparation.

The first presentation of the fiscal year 2025 budget proposal will be April 22 with first reading on May 6, according to Molly Gallagher Smith, the school system’s communications specialist. In addition to the 4% pay increase for teachers, OREA’s Michael Carvella and Peter Blair also asked for “step” raises for all educators based upon their years of service and education degree level; a greater contribution by the school system to medical insurance; and increasing the paid bereavement days from by three days for a maximum of five days.

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About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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