Lancaster supervisors seek additional data on pay related to $18.1 million school budget

Jackie Nunnery

by Jackie Nunnery

LANCASTER—During a 2023-24 budget work session on Thursday, February 23, the Lancaster board of supervisors spent much of the time talking with the school board about making teacher and staff pay competitive with other jobs and with surrounding counties.

Supervisor Jason Bellows told the school board to “ask for what you need, and then we’ll have to decide whether we can afford it or not. Let’s be realistic with what needs to be done and then we’ll decide if we have enough to pay for it all.”

Bellows told school superintendent Jessica Davis, “The marching orders should be to keep us competitive, and whatever that is, determined by you and the school board, should be the number you bring to us.” He also asked to see data on how the division’s pay compares with others.

Davis presented a $18,102,929 school budget for the next fiscal year as a first draft. It includes level local funding of $11,847,348 in the general school fund and $99,548 in the textbook fund. However, some key elements of the budget remain unknown….

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