District Five Board of Trustees Approves 2022-23 Budget
Spartanburg District Five Schools is giving a big “thank you” to teachers and all employees across the district Monday evening, officially approving a significant raise to reward them for their hard work and dedication. The pay increase is included in the district’s 2022-23 budget, unanimously approved by the Board of Trustees in a meeting Monday evening. The $115,499,752 budget represents a 9.4% increase over the previous fiscal year, and marks the 13th consecutive year District Five has passed a budget with no millage increase for general operations.
All certified teachers in District Five will receive an increase of $2260 in their salary, regardless of what step of the salary scale they are. This increase comes in addition to each teacher’s annual step raise, if they are scheduled to receive one. Additionally, all other District Five employees will receive at least a 4% raise, equivalent to the teacher raise, on top of their scheduled step increase.
All District Five salary schedules are also being increased by 3 additional steps, raising the maximum years on each scale from 28 to 31 years. “Our teachers and staff pour their hearts into our students and schools every day, and they deserve to be rewarded for their commitment to the classroom,” says Superintendent Dr. Randall Gary. “Additionally, we know the teacher shortage in South Carolina and across the nation is worsening. This is a huge step to help us recruit and retain quality teachers and staff.”
Still the fastest growing school district in Spartanburg County, District Five’s new budget also reflects increasing student enrollment, and a need for new staff and programs to accommodate that growth. Currently, District Five’s 12 schools serve approximately 10,000 students.
Other significant budget highlights include:
6 new positions districtwide to accommodate enormous growth and provide additional support
More than $600,000 to increase school safety, which includes continuing and expanding the district’s use of metal detectors and the security staff to operate them
More than $87,000 in school supplies, to provide extra necessities for schools due to growth