The Columbus County board of education wants county commissioners to increase the schools' budget by nearly $1.8 million next year.
Superintendent Alan Faulk said he planned to stress three local funding priorities when the boards met in joint session Monday night.
-Hiring teachers to re-instate visual arts, music and physical education programs in elementary schools. The district cut those positions before the start of the current school year, leaving regular classroom teachers to incorporate arts and P.E. into their lesions.
-Additional career and technical education positions at high schools.
-Faulk wants to increase the local pay supplement for teachers to 5 percent to help attract and retain employees. He said all surrounding counties pay more than Columbus County's 3.5 percent.
-The cost of repairing the district's aging campuses continues to mount. The school system is requesting $10.4 million in county money for capital outlay. The proposed budget calls for a wide variety of projects including replacing windows, repairing HVAC units and adding security cameras.
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