CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - After more than two hours of spirited discussion Monday night, the school board approved 8-to-1 to pass the $383,161,659 budget.
It was roughly $1 million more than the projected budget of $382 million. While a variety of tax increase scenarios have been presented during the budget process, the board voted not to approve a millage increase on second homes and businesses.
Instead, they played with some numbers to come up with about $1.7 million.
According to the district's chief financial officer Michael Bobby, a significant portion came from decreasing the amount spent for the incoming 500 students from $10,000 to $8500 per student.
Some highlights of the budget include:
- A step increase for all teachers and a 1.4 percent cost-of-living increase for all employees
- Additional investments to expand early childhood education offerings
- $20,000 to elementary schools for technology teachers.
- An increase in large school funding from $1 million to $1.3 million.
- $200,000 to support rural schools.