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School board reviews $83.1 million proposed budget

Teacher supplement could see 1 percent boost

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SMITHFIELD —The Johnston County Board of Education will move forward with its proposed $83.1 million 2019-20 budget during a 6 p.m. April 29 work session to review and finalize details.

“This budget proposal champions public education with a number of requests that ultimately support teaching and learning in Johnston County Public Schools,” said Johnston County Public Schools spokeswoman Crystal Roberts.

Budget recommendations include a 1 percent increase in the teacher supplement and the provision of designated funds for classified staff in trades professions such as plumbing, electrical work, HVAC maintenance and repair and mechanic work.

The budget also recommends hiring more full-time bus drivers, offering custodians an extended work day by serving as substitute bus drivers and expanding transportation to all Fire Academy and IDEAL students.

“We want teachers to know that because their work in the classroom directly impacts learning, it stands to reason that we maintain our focus on the profession of teaching,” said Superintendent Ross Renfrow. “We are extremely grateful for a Board of Education that is committed to addressing our financial needs. Having their fingers on the pulse is the support we need to help draft this robust budget.”

“I cannot stress enough how thankful we are to have board members who are mindful that students and their success are the driving force behind the work we all do,” said school board Chairman Mike Wooten. “I’m proud to serve, and we are committed to advocating for the funds we need to advance teaching and learning.”