Greene County schools are bracing for the commonwealth's budget gridlock.
Teachers in Greene County already make less money than those in nearby school divisions. There has also been an increase in student enrollment amid staffing cuts, leaving a bigger workload for teachers.
The stalemate in Richmond makes matters worse for a school system that fears teachers may leave for other counties.
“We can’t offer contracts to teachers,” Superintendent Andrea Whitmarsh said. “We can't lock in our workforce and you want to grab the best and the brightest teachers out there.”
Whitmarsh says Greene County supervisors are planning for a possible delay in state funds. She says one of the first priorities is to protect county schools.
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