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Lancaster school board agrees to propose 7% pay raise in next budget

Jackie Nunnery

by Jackie Nunnery

LANCASTER—The Lancaster school board met briefly on Thursday, February 1, to continue work on the 2025 fiscal year school budget. The board agreed to put forth a 7% raise for division staff (5.5% plus 1.5% step for teachers) at an additional cost of $2.5 million in local funds compared to the current budget.

As previously discussed in a joint budget work session with the board of supervisors in January, superintendent Jessica Davis presented three options for pay increases: a starting teacher salary of $50,832 with a 5.5% increase plus 1.5% step for teachers and 7% for all other staff; a starting teacher salary of $49,822 with a 3.5% increase plus 1.5% step for teachers and 5% for all other staff; and a starting teacher salary of $48,932 with a 1.5% increase plus 1.5% step for teachers and 3% for all other staff. 

Davis said the starting salary of $50,832 would allow Lancaster to keep pace with….

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