June 11, 2014 — Carter Board of Education has passed a tentative budget for the upcoming fiscal year that calls for a 2 percent increase in salaries for all employees.
A state-mandated 1 percent salary increase was already on the table for the upcoming year, but Carter teachers will get an additional pay bump beyond that.
“The board actually didn’t approve the first tentative budget that was presented to them, which called for a 1 percent increase, but the board decided they wanted to go with 2 percent instead,” said Andy Lyons, the district’s finance officer.
All district employees are eligible for the pay raise, which will represent a $520,000 total increase to salary allocations next year.
Other changes in the budget include a .75 percent increase to retirement contributions totaling $195,000 and the purchase of two additional school buses for $90,000 each.
Plans to purchase four more school buses are also in the works for budget years beyond next year.
The school board also awarded 10 additional working days for guidance counselors and will take on an extra salary expense by upgrading a half-time maintenance position to full-time.
No positions are being eliminated in the upcoming year, but the district will save approximately $57,000 by not filling a position made vacant by a retiring employee.
In total, the district has allocated $36,353,787 in general fund revenues for the upcoming fiscal year.
That figure is nearly $12,000 less than last year’s original tentative budget. By this fiscal year’s end, however, the district will have brought in close to $500,000 more revenue than was first projected in that budget.
The next meeting of the Carter County Board of Education is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Monday, June 16, at the district office in Grayson.
Joe Lewis can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at 286-4201.