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Members of the Washington County Board of Education urged the Washington County Commissioners Tuesday night to make "an investment in our children" by approving a $108.5 million schools budget.
County school budgets have had to be pared in recent years due to funding constraints, but parents and teachers urged the County Commissioners to keep that from happening this year.
The budget includes $3.5 million for wage increases and $330,000 to expand computer education in classrooms.
Washington County's beginning teacher salary of $25,075 is ranked 21st in the state, and school officials believe it has caused a decline in the number of teachers applying for jobs in the county.