From 11 Alive
DeKalb County teachers are upset that their superintendent is receiving a raise -- months after they received furloughs.
The DeKalb County Board of Educationapproved a $15,000 raise Monday night for Superintendent Crawford Lewis, who has held the position since 2004.
While many believe Dr. Lewis is doing a fine job, officials with the Organization of DeKalb Educators says he should not receiving any kind of raise when the teachers and other employees are not getting one.
"I just think, when you're asking everyone else to make sacrifices, it's not the time to be giving one person a raise," said ODE President David Schutten. "It's like Dr. Lewis and the majority of the school board are tone-deaf to what's going on."
The board approved the raise 7-1, with Eugene Walker as the one member who voted against it. Walker said by phone Dr. Lewis "deserved a raise, but the economy did not support it, and we should be focused on geting the 13,000 employees in our school system raises instead."
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