New Budget Providing Challenge for School Board

By: Damon Dillman
By: Damon Dillman

The Waynesboro School Board is trying to perform a financial balancing act.

The board is trying to put together next year's proposed budget.

One of the board's goals is to increase teacher salaries, so they meet the state average by 2006. But they've also been presented with several proposed staff additions.

Chairwoman Lorie Smith says the board understands that not everything can be funded.

"We have maintenance positions," she said Wednesday. "We have a very distinct need to add another Talented and Gifted teacher at the elementary level, that seems to surface in the budget every year, and we're just not quite able to meet that need at this point."

But Smith says some of the recommended staff additions are too vital to reject.

"Some of those requests I think we were trying to reach, and are coming close to consensus on, was a technology specialist, another school psychologist, an additional L.P.N., which would bring our staffing level to one nurse per school," she explained.

The board met Tuesday night to work on the original budget proposal submitted by Dr. Lowell Lemons, the school's superintendent.

They'll meet again next Tuesday. The board is scheduled to present its proposed budget to city council early next month.

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