Hanover, VA—After weeks of tense debate, the Hanover County Public Schools board passed a budget tonight, closing the $5.4 million gap.
The most controversial part of the proposed budget, the "pay to play" option, is gone. Students will not have to pay to play a sport.
However, 16 positions will be eliminated, though not as many as originally thought. The eliminated positions will be filled through attrition.
Many parents and teachers wanted more money to go towards computers and software; funds will go towards these items, though not as much money will be funneled into technology as they some would have preferred.
"We are teaching Windows 2003," said educator Janice Maino. "Most of the students that I teach were two years old when this came out."
Student Matthew Hyland agreed, "It's really frustrating when the computers are slow and we're trying to get something done fast."
Perhaps the most disappointing part of the budget to certain educators and parents: high school teachers will have an extra class every day.
Concerned parent Chriistiane Riederu said, "The teachers have been kind of pushed to the point where we're gonna start losing teachers."
For weeks, Hanover parents, students and teacher have actively voiced their concerns about the budget, holding rallies and meetings. But with the presentation of the slimmed-down budget, most acknowledge that school leaders acted responsibly, even with the cuts.
Matthew told 8News, "I think Dr. Wilson did then best she could with the limited funds that she has."
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