By JULIE E. GREENE
Concerned about the impact of funding on employee salaries, the Washington County Board of Education will meet in a closed session on Monday night with union representatives, officials said.
"The seriousness of the financial plight that the board is facing is unprecedented," said William Greenwald, president of the Washington County Teachers Association.
The Washington County Commissioners have decided to fund $49.1 million of the school board's $53.3 million operating budget request.
The commissioners promised another $750,000 for one-time expenses and $1.3 million more for technology purchases.
"All parties recognize that negotiations will be compromised as a result of the commissioners' funding level for the operating budget and the commissioners' restrictions on how funds can be used," Board of Education officials said in a prepared statement.