Education needs are being looked over as the next fiscal year state budget is being put together.
Senate Education Subcommittee member, Sen. Robert Hayes, R-York County, told the Senate Finance Committee Tuesday that they would like to see where the K-12 infrastructure stands. “I think to get a handle on the facilities we need to get a survey done as far as the building needs,” Hayes said.
“We’re looking always to try and find money for buses. Hopefully some recurring money for buses,” Hayes said.
Hayes said teacher recruitment for rural districts also has to be addressed in the next budget. “Everyone knows we’ve got a teacher problem in the state, but particularly a teacher problem in the rural areas of the state. So I think we will be putting some money toward rural teacher recruitment,” said Hayes.
Hayes also said they would like to add a wage increase for K-12 teachers in the budget. “We’re looking at a two percent teacher pay raise as well as adding another step increase for teachers this year,” Hayes told the committee chairman.