Waynesboro School Budget Includes Cuts

WAYNESBORO, Va -- The Waynesboro Public School division presented the budget for next year. The new budget includes cuts across the board.

The school system had to make up for almost a $300,000 lost of state funding because of a decline in enrollment.

They plan to make up for that by reducing staff through retirement and resignations.

While they made cuts in several areas, such as maintenance and building operations, they increased funding to technology and utilities.

Part of those cuts mean that some teachers won't see pay increases next year.

"Teachers haven't had significant raises in several years. Many surrounding divisions are proposing some salary increase. We'd certainly like to do the same to reflect the hard work that our teachers do and the quality of teachers that we have, but the budget just doesn't allow for that," says Superintendent Jeff Cassell, "I'm sure that's disappointing to the teachers. It's disappointing to me and to the school board that we're not able to address compensation and salaries."

The school budget was balanced at a little over $32 million.

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