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School board adopts budget

Faced with a tight deadline to get employee contracts out to the division’s teachers and other staff, the Mathews County School Board approved the division’s amended 2024-2025 school budget, even though county supervisors have indicated they would revisit allocations with an eye toward providing more money for school salaries.

By a 4-1 margin Tuesday night, which was held in the Brooks Auditorium at Thomas Hunter Middle School, the school board approved its budget, which allows for contracts to be mailed out providing a 3 percent raise for employees (2 percent plus step on the salary scale). If county supervisors come back after its special meeting early next month with more money for the schools, and more money for salaries, the school board then would be able to send out an addendum to its employee contracts reflecting that.

“As I understand, we are late sending them [the contracts] out to begin with,” said vice chair Linda Hodges, who was serving as the meeting’s chairman in ...

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