Forsyth Co. teacher pay raise possible in budget

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FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. — Students will be paying for driver education courses, substitute teachers and the school system’s most dependable bus drivers will make a little less money and regular teachers may get a raise under the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County school system budget proposal for the coming year.

There are still several unknowns in the budget, with state legislators expected to hammer out their own budget in May and financing for several federally supported programs still up in the air.

But the system’s budget team has been meeting for months and the full School Board got the broad strokes of the fiscal 2012 budget Tuesday evening.

The board is expected to approve the budget during its next meeting, April 10. That budget is scheduled to be before county commissioners, who decide how much local tax money to put toward education, on April 19.

The proposal sets aside about $965,000 in local money for a 2 percent raise for teachers, though raises would have to be financed at the state level first. Gov. Bev Perdue said last week that she plans to include them in her budget; Republicans in control of the General Assembly have said they’d like to do much the same.

But there are no guarantees, and House Speaker Thom Tillis, R-Mecklenburg, told The Asheville Citizen-Times last week that he’s not sure the state can afford to fill a budget hole created next year by the end of the federal stimulus dollars that have been propping up school budgets across the state.

This article was written by Travis Fain and originally published by The Winston-Salem Journal. Click here to read more.

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