- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 25, 2015

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Georgia’s largest school system plans to add teachers and hopes an increase in starting pay will help attract the new hires.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports (https://on-ajc.com/19h2mCB) that Gwinnett County Schools in Atlanta’s northeast suburbs plans to add 175 teacher positions for the next school year. School officials also hope to add 15 school bus drivers.

The newspaper reports that the system wants to increase starting salaries for teachers with bachelor’s degrees to $41,028 — an increase of nearly $3,000.

The system now has lower starting salaries than several others nearby, including Atlanta Public Schools and Cobb, Clayton, DeKalb, Forsyth and Fulton counties.

Officials discussed the changes upon releasing the school system’s $1.85 billion budget on Tuesday. School board members are scheduled to adopt the budget on May 21.

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Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, https://www.ajc.com

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