ALTAMONT — Much of the USD 506 Board of Education meeting Monday was spent in executive session as the board broached the topic of the need as a government-funded entity to still provide competitive pay to retain and recruit new employees amid rising costs of inflation.

“On our classified raises, we’re just having a hard time like everyone else in the region of being able to keep our wages up with inflation. Inflation’s really hit our families hard and our employees hard these past 18 months with everything going up 7 to 8%. With our wages over the past five to six years, we’ve tried, as a board, to become more competitive. However we’re still not,” Superintendent John Wyrick said, explaining the district is funded through taxes and whatever state officials decide they will do with school funding year to year.

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