CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - The Charleston County School Board approved the 2012-2013 budget on Monday night, which includes a raise for teachers and staff.
Starting in the fall, teacher salary raises will include a two-step increase in addition to a 2% cost of living adjustment.
Charleston County teachers have had their pay frozen for several years now.
The total cost of the raises is around $12 million, and school board members say the new budget won't raise costs for taxpayers.
Other factors in the budget called for improvements in literacy instruction and increased resources for schools, including investments in the substitute teacher pool and other key positions as well.
This is the fourth year in a row the school budget has not included a tax increase.
District Superintendent Dr. Nancy McGinley said the main goal with this year's budget is to keep talent and expand literacy instruction.