MORNING NEWSBREAK  |  The Charleston County Teacher Compensation Task Force is gearing up to accomplish its main goal: To bring starting public educators’ salaries up to $58,000.

Last year, the task force helped to raise Charleston teacher salaries to a historic amount through an across-the-board $5,000 raise in addition to a $5,000 bonus. Meanwhile in Columbia, South Carolina lawmakers are proposing a $4,500 annual pay increase for teachers across the state.

This year in Charleston County, the task force wants to incorporate last year’s one-time $5,000 bonus r into their annual pay scale and to request additional benefits for hourly employees, including increasing the number of personal days from three to five and additional support staff benefits.

One task force member said the pay raises may be funded by tax increases on Charleston residents, and that the school board “wants to make sure ​​that the community supports spending their tax dollars on teacher salaries.”

In another recent development, several members of the Charleston County School Board have requested Gov. Henry McMaster and state Attorney General Alan Wilson investigate whether the district’s contract with new Superintendent Anita Huggins is legally valid.

In other recent headlines:

Gas prices fall nearly 7 cents in past week. GasBuddy surveys show prices in the state fell by 6.8 cents to an average of $2.92 per gallon.

Historical marker unveiled outside of downtown Charleston home. A plaque was dedicated to the life and legacy of Civil Rights leader Septima P. Clark at her former residence on President Street.

USPS looking to improve North Charleston operations. The United States Postal Service is looking at improving mail and delivery operations at its North Charleston processing facility by conducting evaluations of current operations and potential uses of the local facility.

Mobile home park gets new life in Mount Pleasant. Mobile home parks across Charleston have been shutting down to make room for new development. However, a less-than-4-acre property in Mount Pleasant is changing the game as the 36-home Arbor Point mobile home park is expected to start welcoming renters in the next couple of months.

Arrests, charges continue for man living in West Ashley trees. Arrests and charges are adding up for the man who allegedly lives in the trees on Bees Ferry Road in West Ashley, adding up to seven in the last year and 20 in the last decade.

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Haley falls to Trump in S.C. GOP primary

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