Educators and school employees will see their first pay hike in four years now that the state budget has been approved. Employees could see that raise as soon as this month.
"It's important. They need to know they are being appreciated, and what better way to say your appreciated then to put it in your envelope each month." said assistant superintendent David Clifton.
David Clifton, the Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Auxilary Services of Craven County Schools says the employees will see the 1.2% raise, but other parts of the budget have stayed the same for several years and Clifton says he's just happy there are no more cuts in those areas.
"Such as instructional supplies- that's maintained at the same level. Textbooks were cut several years ago, but that's maintained at the same level. Thankfully they didn't have to reduce those more," said Clifton.
Elementary school teacher Elizabeth Ruton has been teaching for 12 years and says she doesn't do it just for the money but its nice to see the raise.
"I'm excited I can do some back to school shopping for my classroom cause that's where the money goes," said Ruton. "If it was a job I would come in at 7:45 and leave at at 3:15, but that's not the case . We are in early. We stay late. We work at night we work on the weekends i mean you have to be prepared."
Clifton says he is waiting on details on how school systems will implement the raise, and then the 1.2 percent raise will show up in employees accounts. In the last four years, Craven County Schools say no employees have been let go due to the budget. They have instead used attrition.