Augusta Co. Schools Plan for Next Year's Budget

FISHERSVILLE -- The Augusta Co. School System is in the process of planning next year's budget. Administrators are trying to work out what exactly Gov. McDonnell's proposals of new education initiatives will mean for the area.

Superintendent Dr. Chuck Bishop said the school system will see an extra $30,000 of revenue for next year, but called it a "drop in the bucket" of what would be needed to give teachers a raise. Many have seen their salaries frozen for the last four years.

Gov. McDonnell also proposed adding teacher specialists in schools, which would cost extra money. Dr. Bishop said he's not sure where that money would come from, and is awaiting extra details.

Last night at the county's school board meeting, a teacher stood up, upset over the recent budget issues. Dr. Bishop said he understands.

"We're frustrated as well. School boards in the state of Virginia don't have the opportunity to raise revenue, so we're dependent on local government, state government, and federal government to provide resources for us. I understand the frustration. We've done what we can do in terms of bonuses, but it still doesn't become part of the overall salary package," he said.

The recent fiscal cliff deal could also pose a challenge for the future. The school system could lose $560,000 in federal revenue, he said.


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