Major Cuts Coming for Waynesboro Schools

By: Janelle Lilley Email
By: Janelle Lilley Email

The Waynesboro School Board had a pretty heavy agenda at their meeting on Thursday night. They discussed everything from snow days, to redistricting, to budget dilemmas.

Redistricting

Several people came to the Thursday's meeting to hear more about Waynesboro's proposed redistricting.

The original proposal was to reconfigure the four elementary schools into kindergarten through 2nd grade schools and 3rd grade through 5th grade schools.

As expected, some parents spoke against that plan, but the meeting's big surprise was from School Board Member Kathe Maneval.

Maneval proposed separating the ideas of redistricting and reconfiguration. She said reconfiguration is just a short term fix for overcrowding and believes the only real solution is redistricting.

Bruce Henderson, parent of a 1st and 3rd grader, was surprised but pleased by Maneval's new proposal. "I think they've admitted to themselves now with some of the comments they made tonight that this really doesn't answer the overcrowding problem at Westwood and that additional redistricting now matter what they do with this reconfiguration would have to be done," said Henderson.

Budget

For the first time since becoming Waynesboro superintendent, Robin Crowder presented the school board with an unbalanced budget proposal.

The 2010-2011 school year budget will include a wide variety of cuts.

In Crowder's proposal, the district would have to trim 7 staff, 7 support staff and 2 custodian positions.

Crowder also called for the elimination of the summer program, English as a Second Language, in addition to dropping athletic programs for 7th and 8th graders. The plan would also cut summer programs for music and art.

Additionally, health care premiums would double for staff. However, Crowder said that even with all those cuts, the budget is still unbalanced by a half million dollars.

Crowder proposed that the school board ask the Waynesboro city council to refund the $499,486 that the school board paid last year toward its building fund balance.


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