SPRINGFIELD, MA (WSHM) -
For the first time in nearly two decades members of the Springfield School Committee will be seeing a pay increase.
The raise will bring their annual salary from $8,500 a year to $12,000 a year.
Councilor Tim Allen who proposed the increase says their salary needs to match their duties.
"The school committee is running a system that's 26,000 students, they haven't had a raise in 16 years, it's the second largest district in the state."
The raise would also increase the vice chair's position from $9,000 to $12,500.
Not everyone voted to support the raise.
Council President James Ferrera says he would've liked to have seen a more open process.
"There's been several studies that have been done in regards to the mayor's pay raise not on the city council or the school committee's pay raise," Ferrera said.
The Springfield School Committee members do make more than those in neighboring cities.
In Holyoke, School Committee members make $5,000 a year. In Westfield, a measure failed this year to give committee members a raise from $5,000 to $6,000 a year.
"It's tough economic times. Everybody is trying to cut back and people just don't have it," Ferrera said.
Now there's only one step left before the committee gets a raise.
"We all respect the work they do and I wasn't sure but I thought it would pass and it did, I think it passed 11-1," Allen said.
The last step is up to the school committee. Since the raises would come out of their budget, they must now vote on their own pay increases.
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