SURPRISE: Lancaster supervisors look for additional teacher raises

Jackie Nunnery

by Jackie Nunnery

LANCASTER—In a move that surprised members of the Lancaster school board, the board of supervisors on Thursday, February 24, asked that they come back with price tag options for higher raises for teachers and staff.

During the special budget workshop, superintendent Dan Russell presented a budget that proposed a 7% increase for teachers (5.5% plus a 1.5% step) and 5% for all others. The proposed budget called for $11,817,935 in local funds, an increase of $93,878.

Board of supervisors chairman Ernest Palin said he wanted to see raises that were more equitable across the division. “I would like to see that raise across the board. The custodians, cafeteria workers, secretaries, they’re the ones making the least amount,” he said.

Russell said, “I don’t disagree with you. Especially under COVID, we’ve learned that one person is just as valuable as the next. But we need certified teachers in the classroom. Our discussions have been that we are falling behind in teacher salary even though we’re increasing it every year. We’re not going to be able to improve our….

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