Fort Mill School District
2233 Deerfield Drive, Fort Mill, SC 29715
P: (803) 548-2527 | F: (803) 547-4696
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2019-2020 Budget Approved
Salary Increase For All Employees And Higher Base Starting Pay While Remaining Tax Neutral For Taxpayers
Posted on 06/05/2019

At the regularly scheduled Board of Trustees Meeting held Tuesday, June 4, the board voted to approve the administration’s recommended budget for the 2019–2020 school year. The approved budget includes a four percent salary increase for all employees, a step for qualified employees, new positions for growth at current schools and the opening of Catawba Ridge High School. The district offers a 15 percent higher salary scale then the state teacher minimum and provides a starting base salary for new teachers of $40,250. This scale places the district as the highest base salary in York County and one of the highest in the state.

“In a time when teacher compensation has been a major topic of discussion, our district and board remain committed to offering competitive salaries to teachers in order to maintain our high standards of education for the long term,” said Superintendent Dr. Chuck Epps. “We are proud to be a leader in the state in both education and teacher compensation.”

Along with the increased budget the board also took action to continue their effort to be good stewards of taxpayer funds. The district will use a variety of methods to offset the millage increase on the general operation budget by lowering the debt service millage. This offset will generate a tax neutral status for commercial businesses, rental properties and vehicles, while offering a tax reduction to residential home owners. Under Act 388 only commercial businesses, rental properties and vehicles pay taxes toward the district’s general fund budget. Those taxpayers will see a matching decrease on the millage amount collected on the debt service portion of their future tax bill. Private home owners only pay taxes associated with debt service, those taxpayers will see a tax reduction on the debt service portion of their future bill.

“We believe it is the mission of the school board to ensure our students receive a high quality education and our tax payers have remained supportive of the district as we have managed the growth in our area,” said School Board Chair Kristy Spears. “It is also our goal to be responsible community partners and use options when available to support our community as they have supported us.”

The General fund Operating budget for 2019–2020 will be $149.9 million. All salary increases will take affect with the start of the new fiscal year beginning July 1, 2019.