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Teachers to get raises
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Warren County teachers will be getting a raise this year. 

Director of Schools Grant Swallows has presented the school budget to the county Budget and Finance committee and the School Board. The budget includes a 2% raise and a 2.5% increase in medical insurance for all employees.

“We are very happy to be able to implement a 2% raise for all employees across all salary schedules,” said Swallows at the School Board meeting. “We want to be able to reward our employees.”

The budget presented to the Budget and Finance committee and the School Board also consisted of additional money toward energy, money allocated for July and August expenses, and fewer expenses on items covered by grants.

“We’re actually extending our year with our acceleration academy for four weeks,” Swallows told the School Board, “We normally don’t have full operation in the schools in the month of June.”

Swallows said although the state is providing funding for staff and materials, the operations of the schools are still the district’s responsibility.

In regard to energy costs, School Board member Bill Zechman added, “The fact is, with the ESG energy improvements, our actual cost for doing that will be lower than what it would’ve been otherwise.”

The ESSER grants have helped with this year’s budget, but additional money won’t be available until August. So $609,000 has been budgeted for July and August expenses that will be reimbursed to WCS once the federal money arrives.

Budget and Finance committee chair Scott Rubley said to Swallows, “All of your revenues look really good and increased from last year.” 

To the county’s concern, Swallows told county officials they are not asking for additional money from the county.

The budget was presented to the Budget and Finance committee first where members unanimously approved it. Then, the School Board also unanimously approved the budget, giving every school system employee a 2% raise.

 “I do feel really good about where we are and what we’ve been able to accomplish,” Swallows said to the School Board.