"There's no question our preference is for all teachers to get a raise," Lenoir County Public Schools Superintendent Steve Mazingo said.
"Especially since it's been a very long time now for the veteran teachers since they have had any kind of substantial increase in their pay.
The other thing that worries us is … what isn't in there - how do you define a high-performing teacher?
"If you look at the research, out of all the pay-for-performance plans that have been devised, there has not been one that kind of survives the test of time, or proved that it worked as an incentive for teachers and that actually resulted in higher performance and higher test scores."
Mazingo said from year to year, with different sets of students, it's difficult to equate one teacher with another in regard to performance.
The base pay announcement, though, was received with open arms.
"I'm very, very happy that the beginning pay for teachers will go up to $35,000 - that's desperately needed," Mazingo