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Most Stafford schools employees to receive raises

Most Stafford County schools employees will receive step raises in 2011–12.

The School Board tonight unanimously approved the raises as part of a $237.6 million operating budget for the fiscal year starting July 1.

 The spending plan also gives employees at the top of their pay scales—who aren’t eligible for step increases—2.5 percent bonuses. Unlike step increases, those one-time payments won’t count toward retirement.

The budget is much different from what School Board members proposed in March. That spending plan didn’t include raises and eliminated 56 positions through attrition.

But the board tonight voted to restore the 56 jobs and fund pay increases—at a cost of $7.1 million—by tapping money that had been reserved for a fund for employee and retiree health benefits.

The county Board of Supervisors devised that plan, saying the school system had more money than it actually needed for health benefits.

Read tomorrow’s paper for more information.

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