Letcher County Schools will have slightly more money next year after changes in the state budget.
School Board Chairman William Smith credited teacher protests here and in Frankfort with the improvement.
“If it hadn’t been for you teachers, we would have probably had to file bankruptcy the budget was so bad,” Smith told Letcher County Teacher Organization President Regina Brown at the board meeting Monday.
The tentative budget approved by the Letcher County Board of Education Monday night shows the district will have an estimated $36,756,745 for next year, up $1.8 million from the current appropriation, but $6.1 million less than last year.
Even with the increase, teachers can expect only a 1 percent step increase in pay. Classified salaries will remain flat.