ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — It was a big day for James Madison Middle School as the First Lady of Virginia made a stop through Star City on Thursday.
Pam Northam toured the school and spoke with teachers and students on Thursday, June 10. The First Lady also announced a statewide pay raise for teachers.
Teachers will get a five percent raise. Raising teacher salaries received bipartisan support, especially for their work through the pandemic.
Northam says it’s a step in the right direction to get Virginia teachers’ salaries closer to the national average.
“When most states are cutting the budgets to the bone, we said this is our priority to say thank you to our superhero educators and the amazing school personnel,” said Northam. “We also wanted to prioritize them for vaccinations to make sure they felt safe coming back to the classroom and welcome the children back safely too and that’s what they’ve done here so well.”
The First Lady also took the time to try out a virtual reality head set awarded through a grant to the school district.