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Mathews school budget discussed at joint dinner meeting

The Mathews County School Board revived an old tradition this week, breaking bread with county supervisors in order to discuss the proposed school budget in a relaxed setting.

Tuesday night’s joint budget work session/dinner at Thomas Hunter Middle School was a convivial affair, as Superintendent of Schools Nancy Welch opened the meeting with a presentation of the current draft of the 2016-2017 school budget—a $14 million budget that calls for an increase of $454,586 in the county’s share (from $7.35 million this current year to $7.8 million in the proposal). The biggest driver for the increase in the 2016-2017 budget is a 2 percent increase (plus step) for all employees.

The budget calls for several new positions—a media specialist for Thomas Hunter Middle School, a reading specialist at Lee-Jackson Elementary, two special education teacher assistants, a maintenance position—many of which had been cut several years ago as a result of the recession. Also...

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