Teachers face cuts as new chancellor's pay announced

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -The Alabama Board of Education has proposed a financial plan that could require teachers and other education employees to pay more for their retirement and health insurance benefits.

The board voted Thursday for a plan to deal with what looks like a third year of lean funding for public schools. It recommended that education employees start paying 6 percent of their salary toward retirement rather than 5 percent.

It also recommended that the state education budget level fund health insurance benefits for the next school year. That would require the health insurance program to cut benefits or raise the amount that educators pay. State Superintendent of Education Joe Morton said educators have been paying $2 per month for health insurance since 1986.

All the changes would require legislative approval.

In other state education news the State Board of Education has approved a salary of nearly $290,000 a year for Alabama's new two-year college chancellor, Freida Hill. The school board voted to pay Hill $289,900 annually, provide her with a state car, a $24,000 annual housing allowance and pay up to $5,000 in moving expenses. She also qualifies for a yearly $15,000 performance bonus.

Hill starts the new position in December.


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