ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Georgia teachers could receive higher paychecks beginning next school year.
The 2% increase to a Georgia teacher's base salary is included in Governor Nathan Deal's upcoming spending plan.
The proposal is not only generating excitement among teachers, it's also creating quite the buzz in the Dougherty County School System's (DCSS) Human Resources Department.
Jill Addison the Human Resources Director for DCSS believes the increase would help the school system not only retain its current educators but also attract the graduates that are coming out of college.
Last month, the proposal was approved by the Georgia House of Representatives and will now go to the State Senate.
Addison said the proposal comes at a good time because school systems throughout Georgia are working on filling vacancies for the upcoming school year.
"Money does not motivate you to get into education alone, but it is also very helpful and it's a morale booster," Addison said.
DCSS has already been to several job fairs in the region and plan to attend more within the next few months.
If the proposal makes it past the Senate it will be the first standard of living increase for Georgia teachers in four years.