The Joel E. Barber C-5 School Board approved the budget for the coming school year in a special meeting Wednesday.
Barber teachers and other school employees received a raise, and the board is funding a replacement of the field house at the athletic field and improved security at the front door of the school.
Barber Superintendent Tina Nolan successfully lobbied the board for the staff raises before the budget was acted upon. The 2012-2013 school year ended with a huge surplus, and she had advised board members earlier this month that she would be seeking raises in the new budget.
“We came in about where we predicted. We came in at $654,068.35 to the good. That’s how we ended the year. ... That’s what we took in this year over what we spent,” Nolan said.
“Looking at raises, we looked at three options. We looked at a $500 raise for teachers, we looked at a $1,000 raise for teachers and a $1,500 raise for teachers, to the base.
“The reason we wanted to raise the base is in comparison to other districts, like Lebanon’s district, our base is a lot lower than their base is,” she said.
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