City Council To Discuss Increased Funding for Waynesboro Schools


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WAYNESBORO, Va. (WHSV) -- At Monday night's Waynesboro City Council meeting, members will be discussing a grant for $22,000 that will go towards two schools.

The schools receiving money are William Perry Elementary and Wenonah Elementary.

Both are considered Title I schools, meaning they have a higher percentage of students on free and reduced lunches.

Waynesboro Schools Superintendent Dr. Jeffrey Cassell said students coming from poverty require more resources to receive the same opportunities as kids from more privileged schools.

The goal with this extra money is to bring in instructional programs to train the teachers and provide extra support in the classroom.

Marcy Nester, a reading specialist at William Perry Elementary School who works with students reading below the appropriate reading level, said the goal is to get the students back up to where they need to be so they can work independently.

"You just want them to be successful and feel the success and by having the opportunity to work one on one or in small groups. They don't feel singled out by what it is that they're working on. It gives them the opportunity to really focus in on what it is, it gives us the opportunity," said Nester.

Cassell said the Title I grant for this school year was budgeted for more than a million dollars and this appropriation will be in addition to the original amount, due to increased federal funding.

The meeting will be at 7 p.m. at the Yancey Building.


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