Metro School Board to vote on teacher buyout Tuesday night - WKRN News 2

Metro School Board to vote on teacher buyout Tuesday night

Posted: Updated: Nov 12, 2013 02:19 AM

A new incentive program to buy out long-time Metro teachers is going in front of the Metro School Board for a vote Tuesday night.

If approved, the program will be offered to employees with 30 years of experience or more, which include 269 teachers and staffers.

Each would receive $700 for each year of service plus an additional $500 for early notification, if they choose to take part.

"As long as those kind of teachers with that kind of experience are committed to reinvent themselves and keep that momentum, I think we want them and they are keepers. For some, they may be reflecting and say, ‘This is a good time for me to transition,'" said Scott Eddins, a Donelson Middle School parent.

One reason for the buyout is the school district faces an estimated $23 million shortfall for the coming fiscal year.

The new incentive program would save around $7 million annually after spending a little over $4 million during the one-time buyout.

The last buyout of Metro teachers took place nine years ago.

If approved, the proposal will go in front of the Metro Council.

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