Students and teachers in Page County have a lot to be proud of these days. "We're very proud of the fact that we're fully accredited. All seven of our schools, all five of our elementary schools, both high schools, are fully accredited," says Dr. Randy Thomas, Superintendent of Page County Schools.
Thomas wants to make sure this trend of success continues, but without adequate funding, he knows that may not happen. "The past three years, we've cut 18 positions from our budget to basically fund teacher salary raises, and we can't cut anymore," says Thomas.
Page County gets more than 60-percent of it's operating budget from the state. The state has no budget yet, which means the school system is facing a shortfall of more than $480 thousand. "We just need to get across that education needs to be a priority in our county and it needs to be funded," says Thomas.
School officials plan to take their message to the board of supervisors, a group facing tight financial times, burdened with the task of funding the people that make up the county's future.