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From the Cleveland Daily Banner…

Kaitlin Gebby reports: Cleveland City Schools is projecting a $1.02 million increase in its state-provided funding for the 2021-22 school year, according to a budget proposal offered Monday night. 

Director of Schools Dr. Russell Dyer explained the proposal to the Cleveland Board of Education during their regular monthly meeting Monday. The proposal lays out a $52.1 million budget for the city school system with new investments in salaries and new positions. 

The district is budgeting $389,122 for step increases in salaries “for those who qualify,” Dyer said. 

The 2021-22 budget also proposes a cost-of-living increase in teacher salaries, which will cost the district $878,200. 

Dyer said it is projected that Cleveland City Schools will need to hire at least two more individuals this coming year, a budget line costing the district an additional $162,821. Dyer said the positions are “unnamed” at this time, but predicted they may be teachers in special education or English-learner courses. 

Dyer also noted that there is no known increase in healthcare costs for staff in the city school system for the coming year at this time. 

From WRCB Channel 3…

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has joined fellow Republicans nationwide to advocate against COVID-19 vaccine passports, which are being developed to let inoculated people travel, shop, and dine more freely.

The Republican tweeted Tuesday that he supports legislation to prohibit governments from requiring passports.

The passports show whether someone has been vaccinated or recently tested negative for COVID-19.

They currently exist only in one state — New York — via a government-sponsored smartphone app produced in partnership with a private company. But Republicans nationwide are pursuing proposals to ban their use as a restriction against people’s activities.

Backers of vaccine passports argue that they are similar to other safety measures for schools and overseas travel that require proof of immunization against various diseases.

Tennessee’s proposal was slated for its first legislative committee action Tuesday.

Also from WRCB Channel 3…

Erlanger Health System will host a hiring event Saturday, April 10, for experienced RNs and LPNs, as well as May RN and LPN graduates.

The hiring event will take place at Erlanger East Hospital, located at 1751 Gunbarrel Road, from 11:00am until 2:00pm in the lobby or terrace of the Patient Tower located at Entrance A, depending on the weather.

There will be on-the-spot interviews with hiring managers.

Sign-on bonuses are available for certain areas. Recent or upcoming graduates can find out more about Erlanger’s Certified Nurse Residency Program at the event.

Masking and social distancing at the event is required. A virtual event option is also available for participants. For more information about the event or to schedule a virtual interview, email nursing@erlanger.org. For all available career openings at Erlanger, please visit Erlanger.org/careers.