School Board Will Listen To Public's Input on Budget

By: Brendan Ponton Email
By: Brendan Ponton Email

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WAYNESBORO, Va. (WHSV) -- On Tuesday night, the Waynesboro School Board will listen to public comments on the superintendent's proposed budget, which includes staffing cuts and halting pay raises.

Parents and the public will have their chance to share their opinions during the meeting

While cuts are in the proposed budget, nothing has been agreed to yet for the next school year; however the budget proposes cutting 10 professional staff positions, meaning teachers, and five support staff positions, like teaching aides.

The cuts would be implemented through either retirements or not replacing staff when people leave.

The proposed budget also does not include a raise for current teachers.

There are several factors leading to this shortfall including decreasing enrollment and more money needed to pay retirement benefits.

Waynesboro Schools Superintendent Dr. Jeffrey Cassell, said they lost about 65 students, which means the school division loses out on nearly $300,000.

"It really is the hardest decision that we make to reduce staff because it does impact students. It impacts instruction. It impacts our employees greatly, but this is really the only option that we have left," explained Cassell.

The meeting starts at 7 p.m. at Kate Collins Middle School. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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