ELIZABETHTOWN — The votes are in and the proposed fiscal year 2014-15 budget bill has been sent to Gov. Pat McCrory for his signature as the General Assembly adjourned this session until Aug. 14.
Included in the compromise budget is a 7 percent pay raise for certified teachers.
Bladen County Schools Superintendent Robert Taylor said that now the budget has passed the General Assembly, the information regarding the education budget will be given to the N.C. Department of Public Instruction and they in turn will then have about five to seven days to get the information to the school districts.
“We should be good, because most of those raises and most of our teachers are paid from state funds. Teachers paid from federal funds may require some local funds (to cover the raises),” said Taylor.
He said what is not being discussed is the raises for non-certified personnel such as teacher assistants.
“For the most part, they will get a $500 raise,” said Taylor.
He said that for those folks, depending on how their contract is structured, the raise would only amount to about $42 per pay period. Taylor also pointed out that all other state employees were given a $1,000 raise and additional vacation days.
When asked about teacher assistant positions and if any additional staff cuts will need to be made, Taylor said he does not foresee additional staff reductions.
“The General Assembly has not cut any teacher assistant positions, but all that depends on how you look at the math. I haven’t seen the final numbers (for the budget),” said Taylor. “We don’t anticipate any more cuts.”
During the budget process, the Bladen County School District shed approximately 60 jobs, of those, 30 employees were sent home. Taylor said several employees made the decision to retire and some moved on to new jobs. In an earlier interview, Taylor said the board had to eliminate $2.5 million from its 2014-15 budget which resulted in the elimination of the positions.