A few months ago we encouraged the Barnwell District 45 School Board to restore missed step increases for teachers and other staff who had it withheld during tough economic years.
The board stated they would make this a priority as long as funds were available. To keep their word, the preliminary budget for the 2016-17 school year includes $197,507 to bring affected employees up to date on their step increases.
We believe this is a good move and money well spent. Spending money in the classroom where students are directly affected is important.