VERONA --The Augusta County Board of Supervisors held an open forum Wednesday on the proposed 2013-2014 budget. The meeting room was filled to capacity. Everyone had one thing in common, they want to see change.
"If we don't get better school funding, we are going to continue to be a stepping stone school system and continue to lose the best and brightest educational staff to other localities," said one parent.
More than 350 people came to the Augusta County Board of Supervisors meeting to make sure they were seen and heard. All of them agree that the schools need more money.
"The money is there, you have plenty of money," said one person.
Some had plans on how to come up with the needed cash. One man suggests using Capital savings and not raise taxes.
"We have 6 million plus dollars. Give the school system 2 million for 3 years," said a retired teacher.
"Over a three year period that six million dollars would be great but what are we going to do after that three year period?" asked Augusta County Superintendent Dr. Chuck Bishop.
Some believe that some things needed in the proposed budget aren't necessary.
"Technology upgrades, replacing computers. Is this really necessary? How good do computers need to be for educational purposes?" said one person.
One parent commented that one school recently received 30 new iPads.
"Unfortunately, because of a lack of infrastructure at our school, only 10 or 11 of those can be run at the same time because of lack of broad band services at the school," said one parent.
The majority of the crowd at the meeting wouldn't mind if taxes would be raised. They all agree that education is an investment to the future. The board hopes to have a final vote about the budget May 1st.