Augusta County May Lay Off Teachers

By: David Coy Email
By: David Coy Email

VERONA -- Some teachers in the Valley may be laid off if funding doesn't increase. The Augusta County School Board met Thursday to consider its options. The district is looking to try and balance its budget.

During the meeting, Nicholas Collins, Vice Chair and North River Board Member, presented the amount of money teachers in Augusta County earned in the past school year. He said, the district isn't ranked high in salaries but has been efficient.

"We need to do more. We need to do more for our students...we need to do more," said Collins.

With lower salaries the board has been trying to find new ways to balance its budget.

"If you go and see your board of supervisors member, take this sheet with you. And sit and say, let's take a look at this," said Collins.

The sheet includes the funding for the district. The school board was presented with a policy that could mean a reduction in staff. Eliminating five positions in health care, physical education and drivers education.

"We are underfunded locally," said Collins.

The motion to possibility cut those teachers passed 6-1. The board can decide to recall that motion if the district is able to find more money.

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