Challenges Ahead for Staunton City Schools

By: Deon Guillory Email
By: Deon Guillory Email

STAUNTON, Va. -- Six months into her job as Staunton School Superintendent, Dr. Linda Reviea dove into three challenges for the new year. Security was at the top of her to do list.

School safety was mentioned several times at a joint meeting between the Staunton City School Board and the City Council. Dr. Reviea said she's meeting with the Chief of Police.

"We've been to a conference together to look at security processes that we can certainly deploy in our schools because we're very concerned with our children and our staff," said Reviea.

Right now, Staunton City Schools has one resource officer after one of them resigned in December. Dr. Reviea hopes to add more. It's part of a wish list, but she knows she has to be realistic.

"To come in with strong rationale with any proposals that we make."

One of those proposals is a pay increase for teachers. They haven't seen one in several years.

Last year's increase went to the Virginia Retirement System. Teachers hope they will be able to see the money this time.

"Trying to provide additional compensation is going to be a challenge, but a challenge we are looking to try to meet."

The third challenge is changing a teacher's probationary period from three to five years. It's something Gov. Bob McDonnell is pushing. Dr. Reviea will meet with members of the Staunton Education Association on Monday to get their thoughts.


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