"Cuts in funding have the potential of affecting the quality of programs," Dr. Donald Ford, superintendent of Harrisonburg City Schools says.
He now has the task of cutting $500,000.
"When you have that much money to cut in a budget like ours, there is really no way to cut that much money without looking at the area of personnel,” Ford says.
That could mean smaller pay increases, fewer new positions or both.
"If we have fewer teachers to address the significant needs of our student body, then that results in teachers having to work harder and in some cases, services not being provided to students," adds Ford.
Dr. Ford says he knows Harrisonburg teachers and administrators will do everything they can to meet the needs of our students. But, he feels they should be compensated.
"Since they're going to invest the interest, certainly from a salary perspective, we want to pay them appropriately," says Ford.
Ford says he will firm up his suggestions for cuts later in the week.