Bowling Green Independent Schools employees reach 10% raise over three years

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Exciting news for Bowling Green Independent Schools employees.

The city school district has approved a four percent minimum salary increase for all employees.

With this pay raise combined with three percent increases these last two school years, the city school district has raised salaries by 10 percent in three years.

The Board of Education will invest $1.5 million dollars toward employee raises this year. First-year teachers will start with minimum $42 thousand dollar salaries.

Superintendent Gary Fields says the district is also increasing the minimum wage for food service workers and custodians beginning at $15 an hour.

“I think it sends a message to our teachers, our staff, every employee, all 650, that they value the job they do each day,” said Fields. “We understand that inflationary pressures are real and we’re trying to keep people in a competitive job market like Bowling Green employed with us. And so we’re really excited staff because they deserve it.”

Earlier this week, all three Republican candidates running for Governor agreed upon these teacher raises – a topic Democrat Governor Beshear has shared his support of as well.