PULASKI COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — The Pulaski County School Board announced that all teachers and staff across the district will receive a 5% pay raise next school year.

The school board approved an amended budget on Wednesday, May 17, making this change possible.

The Pulaski County Board of Supervisors contributed $550,000, the state contributed $279,612, and Pulaski County Public Schools (PCPS) made over half a million dollars worth of internal cuts, to be able to make room in the budget.

“We are very grateful for the additional state and local funding to make this raise possible but also hope folks relative that the School Board has had to make some incredibly tough cut from our secondary programs to make it all work,” said Pulaski County Superintendent, Dr. Kevin Siers.

Dr. Siers shared that raises are also being paid for in part by not filling some vacant positions. Additionally, multiple positions in varying departments have been eliminated altogether.

PCPS Director of Finance, Morgan Sklar, added that some of the cuts may be reevaluated after the Virginia General Assembly finalizes the FY24 budget.

These tactful efforts and budget reform allowed salary rates in the district to stay competitive with surrounding counties.