The Charlottesville School Board sided with many parents who criticized a part of Superintendent Scottie Griffin's budget proposal. The School Board unanimously disagreed with Griffin's desire to eliminate P.E. teachers and guidance counselors in return for more administrators.
"The School Board was reluctant to cut those positions that were proposed, and of course that led to a discussion of how to find the roughly $300,000 that would have been saved," said Dede Smith, head of the School Board.
Cutting the positions would have added $300,000 to the budget to hire the coordinators, which cost about the same.
"So the discussion revolved around how to better utilize the coordinators that were proposed, as well, as the ones we already have, and how to save money there," said Smith.
Smith stressed that this is the beginning of the budget process, and that there is much to be done.