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County school board begins budget talks

by Larry S. Chowning

The Middlesex County School Board will begin budget talks in February and has already discussed a proposed 2% salary increase along with a salary scale step increase for instructional personnel.

The budget will be discussed at the school board’s regular monthly meeting on Monday, February 11, at 7 p.m.

School board members and county supervisors will hold a joint budget work session on Tuesday, February 12, at 6 p.m. in the Cooks Corner Office Complex.

Recently, Governor Bob McDonnell proposed a 2% pay raise for teachers, which was the first state-supported salary hike proposal in five years. McDonnell, however, wants stricter rules to go along with his proposal, such as requiring a five-year probation period for new teachers, instead of the current three years that results in tenure. The proposed changes are part of an “effort to recruit, retain and reward excellent teachers.”

Read the rest of this story in this week’s Southside Sentinel at newstands throughout the county, or sign up here to receive a print and/or electronic pdf subscription.

posted 01.30.2013

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