Ham said state school funding is expected to remain flat this year, and little state construction funding will be doled out to public school districts in 2017-18.Ham told the School Board that all the northern elementary schools, some of which are aging, have many vacant seats.CLINTWOOD — Before they go any further deliberating on where to site a new school for the county's youngest children, the board first needs to flesh out its position on elementary school consolidation.Those were the sentiments of Dickenson County School Board vice chair Rocky Barton as the board closed out its July meeting.
The crisis is to a point that Craig Ham, deputy superintendent of operations, asked the School Board on Thursday to be open-minded about ways to save money.
“There is something going on when an entire group of children are consistently scoring lower [on SOLs].” “It is not an uninformed decision,” Acuff said.
“It may be an unfortunate decision, but it is not an unfair decision.
The Albemarle County School Board has voted to consolidate B. Yancey Elementary School into Red Hill and Scottsville elementary schools in June.
Yancey was denied accreditation by the state last year after failing to meet performance benchmarks for Standards of Learning assessments in three consecutive years.