Thursday, March 29, 2007

Botetourt teachers looking at 4% raise

The county's board of supervisors still needs to approve a proposed $46.6 million budget.
The Roanoke Times
By Jay Conley

FINCASTLE -- Teachers could receive an average 4 percent salary increase under a proposed $46.6 million 2007-08 operating budget approved by the Botetourt County School Board on Wednesday night.

The board is requesting nearly $1.5 million more in local money from the county's board of supervisors, which has to approve the budget before any funds can be spent.

Overall, the proposed increase in local funds is 7.56 percent more than the current year's local funding.

The proposed budget includes an average 2.5 percent salary increase for administrators, as well as funds to hire an assistant principal at Greenfield Elementary School, an additional teaching position at Lord Botetourt High School, a custodian at James River High School and a bus driver for the southern end of the county.

Other projected increases include $721,000 in rising costs for employee benefits for medical and dental insurance, contributions to the Virginia Retirement System and retiree health care benefits, as well as $125,000 for a range of capital improvements to school facilities.

The budget was unanimously approved by the school board following a public hearing Wednesday in which no county residents were in attendance.

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