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Halifax County School Board hosts public hearing on budget tonight / February 26, 2018

The Halifax County School Board will host a public hearing on the upcoming school budget tonight at 6 p.m. in Halifax.

While the draft budget remains “a work in progress” until the state sets K-12 funding for the coming year, the package does outline spending priorities if revenue is available. The 2018-19 budget year starts June 1.

Interim Finance Director Robert Aylor and Superintendent of Schools Mark Lineburg have presented options to trustees which include giving teachers a three percent pay raise and administrators a two percent pay hike, which would cost $1,048,030; or giving all employees a two percent increase which would total $726,249. A one percent increase for all employees would cost $360,811.

The budget also spells out the cost of compressing the current 47 steps on the teacher salary scale to 30 steps, would cost another $286,275.

Hiring additional personnel — teachers, aides and others — would add nearly $400,000 to the proposed budget, while requests for new vehicles and major maintenance would require another $424,474.

In total, the additional requests would mean increasing the current year’s budget by more than $3 million.

Tonight’s public hearing will give the public the opportunity to express their desires about next year’s budget items. The meeting will take place in the first floor School Board Conference Room at the Bethune Office Complex in Halifax.

Following the public hearing, trustees will once more work with Aylor and Lineburg to finalize the upcoming year’s budget.

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