HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. - The Berkeley County Board of Education on Tuesday formally approved a $64 million budget for the 1998-1999 fiscal year.
The budget includes more than $1.8 million to add 42 professional staff and 37 service personnel.
The budget is about $6 million higher than the current spending plan, due partially to staffing increases for Potomack Intermediate School - set to open in the fall - and all-day kindergarten, said school board President George William Sonnik III.
The school board also voted Tuesday to keep the school levy at the same tax rate. The school board is receiving more money from the same levy because of growth. The school board also will receive additional money from the state because of the increased enrollment.
The schools also are spending $1.6 million for new textbooks.
"Yes, it represents a lot of money, but the textbooks and materials represent the tools that are needed by the teachers," said Ernie Dotson, an instructional specialist who oversaw the textbook committees.