Augusta County School Board to Consider Cuts to Teaching Positions

By: Carly Stephenson Email
By: Carly Stephenson Email

AUGUSTA CO., Va. -- The Augusta county School Board will be meeting to discuss potential cuts. Because of a budget reduction strategy, the school system is looking at eliminating teaching positions.

Superintendent Dr. Chuck Bishop said that the board will be talking about the number of employees who could be cut at Thursday's meeting.

They are looking at cutting physical education teachers and nothing has been approved yet, just considered.

The reason behind the cuts is because the school system is eliminating the behind the wheel part of the drivers ed program.

Dr. Bishop said the possible cuts would not be based on seniority, but instead on evaluations. In other words, the cuts wouldn't be aimed at Drivers Education teachers, but on general performance of P.E. teachers.

The board will also be considering other items, including approving the budget for special education.

"I'm sure that there are people that are upset, this is the first time in my seven plus years that I've had to consider laying anybody off, so it's not a time that I'm particularly fond of either," Dr. Bishop said.

Dr. Bishop said the cost of doing business has also gone up and often budget deliberations start millions of dollars in the red.
That's because of the cost of rising health care costs as well as retirement for employees.

Thursday's meeting will be at 7 p.m. at the Augusta county Government Center in Verona.

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