Kanawha School Board Approves Budget, Raises

Charleston Gazette - The Kanawha County school board approved today approved a 2015-16 school year budget that gives across-the-board pay raises for teachers and service personnel and extends this semester's pay increases for middle and high school principals and assistant principals. Read

Board members approved the budget on a 4-1 vote, with Pete Thaw voting against it. Board members Becky Jordon, Jim Crawford, Robin Rector and Ryan White voted for the budget.

Superintendent Ron Duerring said the 2 percent raises for professional educators like teachers and principals and 1 percent raises for service workers like cooks and bus drivers are the first across-the-board local raises in about a decade for school employees, who have received separate raises from the state in that time. Teachers statewide got a $1,000 increase under Senate Bill 391, which passed last year.

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