School board adopts $14.17M budget
By a 4-1 vote, the Mathews County School Board approved its FY 2017-2018 budget during Tuesday night’s regular monthly meeting, which was held in the Mathews High School media center.
The $14.17 million budget represents an increase of $463,837 from the current operating budget. The county is being asked to contribute $8.13 million, which is an increase of $679,951 over this year’s $7.45 million.
The proposed budget is based on a lower enrollment than the 2016-2017 budget (1,050 vs. 1,061) and includes a 1 percent raise, plus step, increase for all employees. The proposed budget also reflects increases in Virginia Retirement System and health insurance premium payments for school employees.
Tomorrow, the school board’s adopted budget will be delivered to county administrator Mindy Conner for consideration by the board of supervisors. Supervisors are expected to hold a work session on the overall county budget next Thursday, with a public hearing set for April 17.
There was little discussion about the budget during Tuesday night’s meeting. The lone vote against the budget came from school board member Jeanice Sadler, who had objected to the low pay of teachers, relative to other employees. “They’re the backbone of the school,” Sadler said of the teachers, calling their salaries “sad.” She said she favors merit pay for exceptional classroom teachers and either retraining or letting go teachers who are not performing up to standard.