The Burton School Board will continue budget and tax rate talks at its meeting Monday.

After setting a tax rate of $1.04 cents per $100 valuation at its last meeting, the board will consider final approval of the rate, as well as the 2019-20 budget and staff compensation plan.

At the board’s last meeting, it discussed pay raises for teachers and other district staff.  The board agreed on the presented raises for teachers, which accounted for teacher experience, but did not agree on the blanket $1,400 raise for all other district staff.  It opted to wait on approving raises for other staff members, to potentially figure out a way to offer better raises for more experienced personnel.

Also in session, the board will look at adding new coursework for high school students.  The board is considering implementing general employability skills during enrichment and flex periods for 9th and 10th grade students.  High School Principal Matthew Wamble says these skills include topics not typically covered in traditional school settings, like how to cook, interview, or change a tire or air filter.

The board will also consider approval of the 2019-20 Washington County Appraisal District budget, and action on surplus funds of the Appraisal District.  It will also hear reports from the superintendent, athletic director, and elementary and high school principals.

The board will meet Monday afternoon at 5:30 p.m., in the Burton ISD Administration Office.

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