It’s getting down to crunch time for next year’s Roanoke County school budget as school officials work to hammer out the details. Administators and board members hold the first of two “budget summits” Thursday evening. As News/Talk 960’s Evan Jones reports, one goal is to increase teacher compensation.[audio:https://wfirnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/03-03-Schools-Wrap1-WEB.mp3|titles=03-03 Schools Wrap1-WEB]
Just how much of an increase and in what form are still to be determined. The last teacher salary increase came in July of 2008. Another big question mark surrounds gas prices. Roanoke County schools budgeted almost $1.1 million this year for gasoline, oil and grease, and with prices rising so rapidly right now, figuring next year’s allocation is part guessing game. The Roanoke County School Board plans to adopt a final spending plan late this month.