Teacher pay was a topic during this year’s budget process.
Roane County Commissioner Ron Berry brought it up during a meeting between the budget committee and school officials.
Director of Schools Gary Aytes said 82 percent of the school budget goes toward salaries.
Berry then referenced Tennessee Education Association numbers that show the starting salary for a teacher in Roane County is $35,825.
He compared that to Oak Ridge City Schools, where the starting salary for a teacher is $36,407, according to the TEA.