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School Board approves budget, staff raises

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- The New Hanover County School Board passed a budget for the 2012-2013 school year. The new budget totals more than $220 million.

The board was waiting on legislative approval to give more money back to local school districts before adopting the spending plan.

The new budget will replace some things lost to tight financial times, including a 1.2 percent raise for teachers and staff.

"They'll be very happy to see that raise," Superintendent Dr. Tim Markley said. "Now it's not what they were looking for, but considering no raise for four years, it's a start. They have had to deal with larger class sizes, fewer supplies, so I am glad that the legislators recognized their needs."

Dr. Markley credits the school board and county commissioners with helping keep costs down the past few years.

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Well Deserved and Badly Needed

Thanks NHC for assisting our educators,as well as focusing on "technologies".

Whoa

1.2%! Im sure all the teachers are out celebrating tonight , splurging and spending money everywhere like its grown on trees! For a teacher making 45k/y, thats an extra 10$ wk before taxes. Yep the "legislatures recognized their needs" alright Dr Markely!