January 19, 2007
Charlottesville schools hope to raise teacher salaries next year and at the same time they plan on cutting five teacher positions.
At a luncheon budget meeting with city councilors Friday, school officials said the pay raise is necessary to attract good teachers and cutting the number of teachers is necessary because school enrollment is declining.
“We can assure everyone that we will retain a small student classroom. I think our teachers will be pleased with that. We will not compromise the size of our classrooms,” said Charlottesville School Superintendent Rosa Atkins.
The superintendent will present the formal budget proposal on February 15th, 2007.