Northumberland County’s school board and board of supervisors met in a joint session at the school board offices in Lottsburg March 23. The School Board came to show its proposed budget for 2017-2018 to the Supervisors and to vote on it. The Supervisors came to listen.
Dr. Holly Wargo went over the proposed budget which the Board has spent the last several months developing. It calls for spending almost 18 million dollars on the schools in the coming year, an increase of $914,682 over the current fiscal year. Funding the budget entirely would require a hefty increase in local spending, $617,288.
The biggest increase is a four per cent increase in teachers’ pay and a two per cent increase in staff pay. “Certified” personnel such as the superintendent and principals would only get a step increase.
Wargo said increasing the teachers’pay is needed for the division to be competitive in the hiring and retention of teachers. She asked the president of the Northumberland Educational Association, an organization of teachers, Amy Lamb to address the subject.
Lamb said the increase is “critical.” Virginia’s colleges aren’t turning out enough teachers to fill the vacancies, she said. Just this year, there are 800 unfilled openings for teachers across the state.
For full story pick up a copy of the March 29 edition of the Northumberland Echo