Public Hearing Reaction to School Budget Cuts

Residents got to voice their concerns about the Rockingham County Schools' budget cuts at a public hearing Tuesday night.

Members of the Rockingham County Education Association attended the school board meeting and they had several requests for the school board.

They asked for a freeze on salaries at all levels. They also said the board should pay for any possible increase in health care premiums instead of giving a pay raise.

The association also asked for a review of the "Reduction in Force" policy to make it more accurate and specific.

The Rockingham County Education Association's Co-Secretary, Debra Bontz, attended the meeting.

She says, "By creating a concise and detailed policy, then Rockingham County Public Schools' employees will feel more secure about their positions in the system, and the division morale will continue to remain high and our schools will continue to perform at the top of the scale."

Another citizen asked for the school board to consider art as a full-time program for at least elementary school students in the coming years.


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