Augusta County schools are going to supervisors with a balanced budget and it's not at the expense of Verona Elementary School.
Thursday night's meeting started with a show of support for keeping the pod school open after the Augusta County School Board mentioned closing it to balance the budget.
Superintendent Chuck Bishop took a budget that was in the red by nearly $4 million and balanced it - to a budget of $97 million - by reducing a proposed 4 percent salary increase to a little over 1 percent. It’s a decision the board understood, but was not happy about.
"If our salaries are not competitive, we will continue to lose good administrators and good teachers. I have no desire for us to be on top of the list, but we need to at least be average to compete with the divisions that we compete against,” said Nick Collins, chairman of the school board.
Along with the balanced budget the board intends to submit a “needs” list, including pay raises, additional staff and maintenance. Collins wrote in an opinion in the News Virginian about what he thinks the school board needs to do in the upcoming school year.
The board hopes supervisors will support leveraging the sale of Ladd Elementary School to implement a three-year plan putting technology in all the schools.
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