All employees not paid on the teacher salary scale will receive a 2% cost-of-living increase, according to the budget. Those raises remain unchanged.
“Mr. Wilbanks, thank you for your leadership in finding a way to continue to honor our teachers and appreciate their contributions during one of the very hardest years our school system has ever had,” said Mary Kay Murphy, board member, before the vote.
The school board also approved budget amendments that eliminated the need to pull almost $13 million from reserves. The district instead will add $500,000 to the reserve fund, according to the amended budget.
Board Chair Everton Blair said he was happy to support the budget amendments.
“I think it’s a great honor for our teachers to be recognized for all the hard work that they did out of the pandemic,” Blair said.
The school system’s budget for the fiscal year that began this month assumed a 2% growth in the property tax base, but the Gwinnett County tax assessor’s office later projected the tax base would grow closer to 5%, Wilbanks said.
At the same meeting, the school board approved a millage rate of 21.35, a decrease of 0.25 mills from the previous tax rate.