STAUNTON, Va. (WHSV)-- V.S.D.B. employees are back on campus for training, and getting ready for another year at the campus in Staunton.
"Everybody's motivated and excited to roll up their sleeves and get to work," said Pat Trice.
Trice took over in July as an interim superintendent after the school's previous superintendent retired.
"In the past year, the school has faced criticism as costs have gone up, and enrollment has gone down. That's something the new administration says it's going to be working hard to address," said Trice.
Trice says the school also faces some uncertainty because of cuts in the money they get from the state.
"I'm going to be looking at every system, every procedure, to see what is the best way we can be budget-savvy and do the best that we can to still serve the students and meet their needs, but to be cost-effective also," said Trice.
Trice and other administrators in new roles are bringing fresh eyes, she says to help move the school forward.
"We are going to work as a team--everybody as a team--looking at ideas and creative ways to move V.S.D.B. in a positive manner into a strong future," said Trice.
She says it's a constant challenge, but one well worth helping the kids who come here. Trice says employees will train for the next two weeks.
Students will arrive with their families on Aug. 24 for registration, and classes begin on the 25th.
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