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Augusta School Board Hears Parents, Teachers Opinions on Budget

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Augusta County heard from the public about the upcoming school budget Thursday.

Augusta County school board members started their meeting by choosing David Shiflett as the 2013 chairman and Nick Collins to serve as vice chair.

Next on the agenda was a public hearing on the school budget. Augusta is only in the early stages of drawing up its new spending plan, but welcomed parents and teachers to share their priorities.   The county's school budget has shrunk by $12 million over the past four years, but hopes that trend will reverse.

"The biggest question as we look to '13-14, though, is what will happen with the two percent salary increase that the governor's proposed?  If there's not state funding for that, or a large portion of it, then it falls back on the locality," said Augusta County Superintendent Chuck Bishop.    

A teacher speaking on behalf of the Augusta County Education Association asked for a five percent salary increase.

"We've not received a raise in four years. And in fact when you look at the money that's been taken and the benefits that have been cut we have been decreased," said April East.   

Another teacher spoke Thursday asking the school to better secure the classrooms in an effort to keep the kids safe.

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