Greenville County Schools administrators presented their proposed fiscal year 2022 budget to the board of trustees at a special called meeting on Thursday, April 29.
Only about $690 million is expected in revenue for the district, which means the district will be about $23 million short.
“Additional revenue needed to meet the proposed budget will primarily be provided by the increasing value of a local mill, a $10 million increase in state funding, and the use of $22,960,000 in fund balance, generated from underspending the budget in past years,” Greenville County Schools spokesperson Tim Waller said in a release.
Part of the budget is dedicated to a 2% pay raise for employees. Entry-level teachers would start at $41,500 instead of $41,000 and hourly pay would be set at $12.93.
Additionally, new expenses would include bus driver safety bonuses, an increase in workdays for school nurses and more than 10 teachers to be hired for multilingual students.
The second and final reading of the $714,187,000 proposal will be held on May 18 at 6:30 p.m. April 29th’s presentation was the first reading. Members of the public wishing to comment on the budget may do so at a public hearing on May 18, 6 p.m.