The new budget appears to be in good shape, according to Lauderdale County school officials.
The district will receive nearly $30 million in funding from the Mississippi Adequate Education Program, or MAEP. That's nearly $200,000 more than this past year.
"It looks good considering that we are still not funded fully as far as MAEP," Lauderdale County School District Finance Director Charlotte Parker says. "We're still doing everything we've done in the past just trying to maintain good teachers, a safe environment for our students, and the very best we can do with the limited funds."
Teachers and assistant teachers will receive a pay raise based on their years of experience. All other staff will receive a 3 percent increase. And the best news, no one is losing their job.
"That has been our main focus," Parker points out. "Trying to keep jobs. So far, we have been able to do that and we have not had any cuts."
60 percent of the district's proposed budget will be used for instruction purposes. Officials say the county has always been cautious in the way it uses the funding it receives.
The proposed budget takes effect July 1st and runs through June 30th, 2013.
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