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Albemarle Administrators Meet with Parents on School Budget Deficit

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A nearly $7 million budget shortfall could mean Albemarle County teachers will have to continue to wait for any sort of raise.

That funding gap was the topic of discussion as people showed up at Albemarle County High School Tuesday night for a northern feeder pattern community budget meeting. Parents got to ask questions and bring up concerns about the $164.3 million budget.

It has been five years since teachers in the county have received a raise. The county was hoping to give them a 2 percent boost this year, but it is still uncertain whether there is enough flexibility to do that.

For the county, the issue really boils down to doing what is fair.

"After the four or five years where they haven't seen a real change in the net take-home pay, it's a morale thing, it's a fairness thing to our teachers because they work hard, they've done a lot with less over the last couple of years with the economic impact on our budget so it would be nice if we could offer them a 2 percent raise,” said Assistant Superintendent Billy Haun.

During the recession, Albemarle never reduced teacher pay. Over the years, some teachers did receive an increase, but it went toward retirement.

The school board passed the budget to supervisors with a $6.7 million funding gap. Supervisors will vote on the entire budget, including the school division portion, on April 15.

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