Greene Supervisors Worry about Fewer Teachers, More Students
GREENE COUNTY, Va (WVIR) -
Teachers in Greene County are making less money than nearby school divisions, and county supervisors are scared this may mean losing them to other localities.
The school board is hoping state funding will bring in a salary boost but there's another problem it's dealing with that has an immediate effect on students. A 9.5 percent increase in student enrollment since 2010 means larger class sizes and restraints on school programs.
To make matters more difficult, there's been a 6 percent staffing cut. In 2010 the school division had a staff of 501 people and now they have 470. Over the next few months, the school board will work alongside county supervisors to work through the budget in hopes of resolving these issues.
"We've worked with the Board of Supervisors, kind of explained what our priorities are this year and what our considerations are, both enrollment driven and as far as compensation goes we shared that priority as well but those are the big key issues this year,” said Sharon Mack, the school board’s chair.
There is a projected increase in state revenue, and school board staff members say it’s because there's been a drop in the district's local composite index.
The student population doesn't appear to be slowing down; the state is projecting a continued 2 percent student increase.
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