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Clemons asks for $1.3M local increase for schools

The FY 2017 budget proposed by Gloucester Public Schools Superintendent Walter R. Clemons Tuesday requires an increase of $1.3 million in local funding and gives all employees a 6 percent pay hike.

Clemons reviewed his proposed fiscal plan with the Gloucester County School Board during its work session at the T.C. Walker Education Center. The proposal also restores eight days to the school calendar, bringing the school year to 178 days, and provides for six new instructional positions and two new support staff jobs.

Last year, county supervisors level-funded the school system but later made an additional appropriation of $413,704 to support the opening of Page Middle School. That money paid for personnel and utility expenses for the school. Clemons is asking supervisors to consider the added appropriation as part of ongoing operational costs for the school division.

The cost for the pay increase, new positions and added school days was estimated at just over $3 million. Clemons also...

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