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School system employees got a slight pay increase in 2011-12, but the last significant one was five years ago.
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
BEDFORD — Employees of Bedford County Public Schools will receive their first significant salary increase in five years — a 3 percent raise — following action Tuesday night by the Bedford County School Board.
The school board unanimously approved a $102.7 million budget at the specially called meeting, which followed last week’s action by the board of supervisors approving the overall county budget. In that budget, the supervisors allocated $38.04 million to local funding for schools, a $3.47 million reduction from what the school board had requested from the county for the 2013-14 school year.
“That’s well deserved and it’s been a long time coming,” school board Chairman Gary Hostutler said of the raise for employees.
The school system did provide a 0.75 percent pay increase for employees in 2011-12, but the last significant raise was five years ago during the 2008-09 school year.
Hostutler said Tuesday that he hopes this is a first step for the school system “to get back on track” to providing regular cost-of-living increases to its employees.
The school board made several significant cuts to its budget in order to match the county funding allocation. Those spending reductions included:
In addition to the 3 percent pay raise, the budget does include funding for seven new positions at the middle and high school level as a result of a change in staffing standards at the secondary level; the board made a similar change last year for elementary schools. A technician position for the technology department is also being added to bring that department’s staffing up to state standards.
In all, the 2013-14 budget adds or restores 17.5 positions, but because of reduced enrollment, six teaching positions are expected to be lost through the school system’s staffing standards formula.
The 2013-14 overall budget is $4 million more than the current year’s budget, a 4 percent increase.
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