FLORENCE, Mont. -

At a special meeting held during school election night on Tuesday, the Florence-Carlton school board approved raises for teachers within the district. NBC Montana is told that negotiations started in January, and teachers went without a raise last year. 

Now, teachers will get a 2.5-percent raise for the next two school years, and a 2 percent raise for the year after those. The pay raises were approved the same evening voters replaced one of two school board members up for election, as Colby Reynolds will fill Michael Greger’s seat.

NBC Montana visited Florence on Wednesday, and some people tell the team that now’s not the right time for raises, while others say that it’s just one way the community can invest in education.