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Roanoke County teachers and support staff will see a salary increase in the initial budget for the upcoming school year

ByJulie J. Helfer

Mar 25, 2022

ROANOKE COUNTY, Virginia. —Roanoke County teachers and support staff will receive a pay raise as part of the initial budget for the upcoming school year, according to school spokesman Chuck Lionberger.

School officials say a general fund of $172,114,823 has been approved by the Roanoke County School Board. This budget will be combined with twelve other special purpose funds, bringing the overall approved budget to $228,817,283.

The budget will include a 5% salary increase through ladder changes and/or increments for all Roanoke County Schools employees.

Additionally, nutrition associates will have the option to receive full-time health benefits starting in July. They will also receive a $500 retention bonus, according to school officials.

“We are grateful that the school board has continued its commitment to increase employee wages,” said Dr. Ken Nicely, Superintendent of Public Schools for Roanoke County.

“We hope the final state budget will include additional funding that will help us provide even more support to our students and teachers,” Dr. Nicely added.

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Authorities say there is a possibility that the budget will be revised given that a state budget has not yet been approved by the General Assembly. By law, school boards must approve a state budget by April 1 each year.

“Once the General Assembly and the Governor agree on a final state budget, we will come back and modify our budget as necessary. We based our initial budget on the state budget proposed by the House of Delegates. If the final state budget includes additional funds, the board will determine how best to use those additional funds,” said David Linden, chairman of the Roanoke County School Board.

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