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Supervisors, school board members review budget proposal

Members of the Mathews County School Board and Supervisors gathered over dinner Tuesday night to discuss the school board’s proposed $16.73 million budget for 2020-2021.

Following a catered dinner in Thomas Hunter Middle School’s Brooks Auditorium, members of the two boards reconvened in the school’s library for the budget work session.

School board chairman John Priest and Superintendent of Schools Nancy Welch handled much of the presentation of the proposal, which calls for $10.1 million in local funds, an increase of $1,055,536 over the current allocation.

The biggest single item driving the increase is a proposed 5 percent raise for all employees, in addition to a step on the salary scale (which amounts to approximately another 1 percent increase). Each 1 percent raise for current employees amounts to about $100,000, factoring in FICA and Medicare payments, Welch said.

While Gov. Ralph Northam is proposing a 3 percent raise for teachers statewide, that is in the second year of ...

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