Russell County Schools will receive an additional $879,716 in SEEK funds for the 2022-2023 school year.
The Support Education Excellence in Kentucky (SEEK) funding program is a formula driven allocation of state provided funds to local school districts. The formula includes funding for transportation costs and special needs students as reported by districts.
State legislators declined to provide a state-mandated raise for teachers in the last legislative session, instead using the argument that the increased SEEK funds could be used to provide raises at the local level.
So with the increase in SEEK funds, what kind of raise could be possible for the certified and classified employees of the Russell County School District?
A one-percent raise would cost the district around $180 thousand, while a two-percent raise would cost the district around $360 thousand.
Russell County Schools Superintendent Michael Ford told WJRS News that he plans to present the board of education with options for an employee raise for the 2022-2023 school year at a board meeting later this month.
Last year, the board approved a two-percent raise across the board for certified and classified employees.
The board is scheduled to hold a special-called meeting on May 26 to discuss salary schedules for fiscal year 2022-2023.