The cost of being a teacher is higher than

By: Erica Rakow Email
By: Erica Rakow Email

Tuesday was the first official day of school for Bay County teachers. But many teachers have been on campus for weeks, getting a head start on setting up their home away from home: their classrooms.

The halls and classrooms at Cedar Grove Elementary were full of teachers painting, cleaning and decorating Wednesday as they prepare for students to walk through the door Monday morning.

Many teachers describe it as setting up a new home so you can imagine the costs associated. Aside from a small stipend from the state, teachers dip into their own pockets to outfit their rooms and students with supplies.

“It is like re-decorating a house, really and truly. So my house never gets decorated. I spend all my money on my classroom,” said Denise Simonson, 4th grade teacher at Cedar Grove Elementary.

"i will give my kids whatever they need whether it's out of my own pocket or not," said Kindergarten Autism Teacher, Lisa Libby.

The stipend teachers receive to cover classroom costs is called "teacher lead" money. The amount varies every year but the state usually gives each teacher anywhere from $100 to $275 dollars each year.

Cedar Grove Elementary will host a "move-in day" for it's students Friday. It's a meet and greet for parents, teachers and students. Check with your child's school to see if they are hosting an open-house before Monday.


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  • by Mike Location: Pc on Aug 18, 2011 at 12:54 PM
    It's only the GOP who gripe about teachers. Most everyone loves teachers and knows how hard they work for such ridiculously low pay! $32,000 a year with 4 years experience and a Bachelors Degree. Deduction of over $700 a month for Blue Cross crummy health care with $500 deductibles, leaving a take home pay of about $375 a week if they're lucky! It seems the Republican Party HATES education and teachers and seems to bash them, daily. Time to vote them OUT!
  • by frank Location: pc on Aug 18, 2011 at 08:54 AM
    The people that gripe about teachers have no idea how much of a teachers own personal time and money goes into the job. I'll bet the gripers wouldn't spend an extra minute at their jobs much less spend their own money in the performance of their job. Most teachers are dedicated professionals who routinely go above and beyond for their students. So, the next time the topic of teacher pay raises comes up, remember, that most if not all of that pay increase will be put right back in to the classroom.
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