Article by Larry Wood (January 15, Aiken Standard Newspaper)
The Aiken County School Board heard initial plans for the 2019-20 budget and construction projects to be funded for the $90 million bond referendum Monday at a special called meeting.
Tray Traxler, the chief officer of Finance for Aiken County Public Schools, said the key areas of the budget's focus are as follows:
• Staffing allocations
• Teacher salaries, taking into account that the state will require a step and the state focus on teacher recruitment and retention could include a cost-of-living adjustment
• Non-teacher salaries
• State retirement
• State health plan
• Charter school allotments
• Other items that must be included or pre-approved items and budget input.
Traxler said the budget will have to plan for early projected staff increases at the new Graniteville Elementary in Area 3 and at the new Aiken Intermediate School and at Schofield Middle and Kennedy Middle in Area 1.
The six projects are the new Highland Springs Elementary and Middle school and additions at Midland Valley High, Millbrook Elementary, Hammond Hill Elementary and Belvedere Elementary. Details of the construction plans will be reported in a later story.