By Sidhartha Wakade
The Morgan County Board of Education approved a 2 percent budget increase for fiscal year (FY) 2020, falling at $35.5 million budgeted expenditures expected for the year.
The budget was proposed during a public hearing, detailing the process for how the new budget was put together.
The expected revenue for FY 2020 has also increased to almost $39 million, up just over 4 percent from the last year. The increases in both revenue and expenditures comes from an increase in teacher and staff salary as well as additional money being put into the teacher retirement system, as previously reported in the Citizen.
The pay raise for classified staff is 2 percent and includes positions such as bus drivers, custodians, cafeteria workers, clerks and secretaries according to Dr. James Woodard, superintendent. Teachers and certified positions such as administrators and counselors got a flat increase of $3,000 to their pay, he said.
“I really appreciate the pay raise for both classes,” Woodard said.
The proposed millage rate of 14.304 was also approved.