At its work session on Sept. 1, the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Board of Education discussed sending a letter to the Orange County Board of County Commissioners to request a budget amendment for staff pay.
The budget amendment asks for an additional $1 million to implement salary and benefit increases for teachers and teacher assistants, which Gov. Roy Cooper signed into law on July 11.
The original 2023 budget CHCCS presented on May 12 requested an additional $2.37 million to cover local salary and benefits increases. However, it did not factor in the additional increases approved by Gov. Cooper.
Because of the July legislation, salary and benefit increases went up from 2.5 to 4.2 percent for teachers, and from 2.5 to 4.0 percent for teacher assistants.
“Not sure if we will get it, but it doesn’t hurt to ask,” Deon Temne, chairperson of the CHCCS Board, said.
Board member Riza Jenkinssaid CHCCS was only able to cover the increase because it used fund balance under the guidance of the county commissioners.
She said since Orange County Schools didn’t have the same luxury, it is in dire need of additional funding.
“This is us saying we are going to go together, locked arms, supporting the ask, which we could certainly use as well,” she said.
The board agreed it would send the letter directly from the CHCCS Board of Education, rather than have the superintendents of the school districts send it, which the Orange County Board of Education had originally proposed.