School Plans

By: Melissa Reynolds
By: Melissa Reynolds

Each school system must revise their six-year improvement plan every couple years. Page County has goals set, but the county's gonna need a little help.

"If we're able to get increased state and local funding practically all of them are attainable," Robert Chappell says.

Even without the funding, Chappell says they can reach their main goal, getting the last four schools fully accredited.

"We feel like we have a good system in place in teaching the SOL we also feel like we have strong remedial programs for students," Chappell says.

Page County's other goals may be harder to achieve, they all come with a price tag, other school systems are also facing the same budget shortfalls.

"When there's less revenue when a school board revises its plan it has to look at what projects can be deferred and what projects should not be deferred," Charles Pyle says.

Getting teacher raises is a top priority, in the past Page County's cut 25 positions to do that, but, that can't go on forever.

"Hopefully both the state and the county will be able to fund at a higher level I realize the county's in a bit of a bind because the loss of two plants that have closed over the past two months," Chappell says.

State funds won't be pouring in either, the county schools will see an increase of about $200,000 and they still have a need for three more nurses, two ESL teachers and three PE specialists.

"The positions are always the biggest cost to any plan," Chappell says.

But, Chappell says it's worth it, and is confident they'll reach their goals.

A committee of parents and teachers made these objectives and they feel not only does the county need them, but they're realistic.

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