CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Teachers and staff in the Charleston County School District are now one step closer to seeing more money in their paychecks after board members passed the first reading of the upcoming school year budget on Monday.
In the new budget, all staff salaries will be restored to what they were before a prior pay cut. Additionally, employees on a salary schedule will receive a two-step increase with a 2% cost-of-living increase.
The raises will cost a total of approximately $12 million.
The proposed budget also means no immediate increase to taxpayers, board member Reverend Chris Collins said, "It's a delayed tax I'll say this year things will remain the same but a year later…maybe even the following year…that's when it will hit."
Collins said this was the only option provided to school board members and added the main goal with this year's budget is to keep talent and expand literary instruction.