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Public hearing on school budget is Monday night

by Larry Chowning

Middlesex County school superintendent Dr. Peter Gretz proposed a FY20 $19,834,452 school budget at a joint meeting between the school board and supervisors last week.

The overall proposed budget is up 8.04%, or $1,475,605, over the current $18,358,847 budget. This increase includes local, state and federal funds.

The main increase in the proposed budget comes from projected salary increases, which total $571,000 in new funds. The proposal calls for a 4% salary hike for all school employees plus an advance of one step. The 4% hike equates to $420,000 in new money. The 1% step hike equates to 1% or $120,000 in new funds.

The proposal also calls for a 1% salary increase for teachers who have taught over 30 years in the system. When teachers reach the top of the scale they no longer receive percentage increases or advance steps as do teachers with less experience. The 1% hike will call for an additional $10,000 to the proposed budget.

Dr. Gretz is also proposing an increase in substitute teacher pay amounting to $21,000 in new money.

The school board will hold a public hearing on the proposed FY20 school budget on Monday, February 25, at 7 p.m. at the Historic Courthouse building in Saluda.

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posted 02.21.2019

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