Schools, county debate funding
By DAVE McMILLION
Local funding for Washington County schools is expected to grow by about $10 million over the next five years, but school officials say that is not enough to correct problems of low teacher salaries and other needed improvements.
"We have catch-up to do," said Washington County Board of Education Vice President Marie Byers.
The numbers were released in a meeting between the Washington County Commissioners and the Board of Education Tuesday as the two groups began working on a five-year budget plan.
Officials have wanted a long-term budget, especially for the school system, so they can better plan for local needs.
The County Commissioners are expected to give the school system $51.3 million next year, and that figure is expected to increase to about $60.5 million by 2003, according to projections by the commissioners.