$11.8 million budget recommended for schools

by Jackie Nunnery

Travis Powell and Jack Griffin demonstrate a robot that their team, Kinetic Storm, has worked hard to design, build, program and operate for robotics competitions. During their presentation, team members Robert Oliver, Lynesha Ball, Marlecia Williams and Dakarai Walters shared their different skills, how they collaborated to be successful as a team and how the experience has improved them as individuals. Photo by Jackie Nunnery

KILMARNOCK—After some additional fine tuning, the Lancaster school board on Monday, March 13, recommended supervisors approve a budget totaling $18,146,340 for the 2023-24 fiscal year.

As proposed, the budget includes a slight increase of $34,692 (.29%) in local funding to $11,890,759 in the general school fund and $99,548 in the textbook fund for a total of $11,990,307. The increase will provide a 5% raise for teachers — 3.5% plus 1.5% step — and bring the starting teacher salary to $46,575. All other staff would receive a 5% raise and the minimum starting pay would be $15 per hour. The board approved the motion in a 4-0 vote with Margaret Socey, Kenya Moody, Cindy Clarke and Faith Kemp voting in favor. Joan Gravatt was absent.

Superintendent Jessica Davis said they are still negotiating the final cost of employee health insurance and continue to wait on an answer regarding reimbursement from the state of $19,637 in the current fiscal year and $48,516 in the next for the grocery tax repeal….

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