Administrators express priorities during school budget work session

Megan Schiffres

by Megan Schiffres

LOTTSBURG—The Northumberland school board is considering a 2-5% raise for teachers and staff as part of the 2020-21 budget.

When the board met for its first budget work session last Wednesday, members and superintendent Holly Wargo expressed support for raising salaries in the district.

This is my top priority,” said Wargo.

Under Gov. Northam’s current biennial budget, if school districts raise salaries by at least 3% the state will fund a 2% salary increase for those schools.

A representative of the Northumberland County Education Association (NCEA) requested that the board require any salary increases for the district to exceed healthcare costs, so employees can actually gain money from…