Lenoir City’s Board of Education approved Tuesday morning a $20 million budget for the 2016-17 fiscal year, including a 3 percent salary increase for teachers and administrators.

“I just want to thank the board for working hard with us both on our budget and on our strategic plan for the next five years,” Superintendent Jeanne Barker said. “We have had an awful lot of work recently with different meetings, so I would like to recommend that we cancel our workshop June 23 and pick up with our next regularly scheduled meeting July 14.”

Barker’s annual salary will remain at $129,000.Five teaching positions were repurposed, with two additional receptionist and custodian/maintenance positions for the new central office located in downtown Lenoir City.
U.S. Department of Agriculture payments for free and reduced-price breakfasts and lunches are expected to increase a little more than $38,000.
Upcoming facility improvements include restriping for the elementary and high school parking lots and additional cameras for the middle school.
BOE officials expect to receive about $491,000 more from the state in 2016-17 than in the current year.
“The governor had a big initiative this year to increase teacher salaries and benefits,” Jeanie Mowery, business manager, said. “He put a lot into that this year and focused on increasing technology costs as well.”