We must address the issues that has made it difficult to recruit and retain outstanding educators. Since 2013 we have not significantly increased salary compensation for our teachers and staff. As a result, Tipton county has fallen behind the salary schedule compared to our surrounding districts. We are losing great talent to other districts. I spoke to one of my outstanding teachers who left this year because he received a $10,000 raise by accepting a position in the Millington School System. We must support our teachers and I will encourage our board to seek ways that we can address this area including looking at deficiencies in our budget.