Schools should be fully funded

Published 12:40 pm Saturday, April 20, 2013

To The Editor:

If you go by the comments by a majority of the Southampton County Board of Supervisors at there budget meetings. They appear to be set to turn a deaf ear to the school’s Superintendent and School Boards request for additional funding for the 2013-2014 school year.

After the drastic cuts in teachers and staff this year there is a need for additional funding. There are no drastic requests, a Math teacher a Spanish teacher and I believe three other teacher and staff positions. Just the basic needs to educate our children.

There is also a request for a 2% raise for teachers. 80% of this raise is funded by the state, 20% by the county. If the county does not match the state funding, the state funding will be lost, no raise for teachers.

If you are a Parent or a Grandparent of one of the 2846 students in Southampton public schools, or you just believe in a strong and devoted education system, your action is needed!

Attend the Southampton County Board of Supervisors meeting next Wednesday, April 24. The date, time, and location should be in paper.

Call the members of the Southampton County Board of Supervisors. Ask them to support our schools. If they do not here from us they assume we don’t care.

John Burchett
Courtland, Virginia