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Boards discuss budget, new school construction

Members of the Gloucester County Board of Supervisors and the Gloucester School Board had a cordial meeting about the fiscal year 2013-14 budget last Thursday evening in the Gloucester High School auditorium.

Several topics were discussed, including the General Assembly’s decision to give a percentage of teachers a 2 percent raise and the slight increase in cost estimates for the new Page Middle School.

During its recently-concluded session, the General Assembly amended its 2012-14 biennial budget, funding its part of a 2 percent raise for teachers statewide. The raise is based on the Standards of Quality formula, which would only give a certain number of teachers in Gloucester the raise.

The Gloucester School Board has proposed a 2 percent across-the-board increase for all of its employees to make for a fair and equitable pay raise. The total cost of the pay increases is approximately $769,000, according to the school’s budget and finance director JoAnne Wright. Th...

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