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Saturday, February 20, 2016

Worcester School Board’s Budget Includes Salary Increases

NEWARK – Pay increases for teachers and bus contractors highlight the school system’s proposed $102 million budget for the coming year.

The $102,343,405 fiscal year 2017 budget includes a STEP increase for more than half of the school system’s employees and a one percent increase for the remaining employees who are beyond the STEP scale.

“Ninety percent of our budget is people and bus contractors,” said Vince Tolbert, the school system’s chief financial officer.

In the preliminary budget approved Tuesday by the Worcester County Board of Education, the $102 million spending plan is made up of slightly less than $83 million in county appropriations — a $3.4 million increase over the current year — and $19 million in state aid — a $35,453 decrease over the current year.


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