You have the Constitutional right to pay more in taxes than required - but I bet you never will.For Teresa
Living at the lake has nothing to do with this and furthermore as a Fluvanna resident who has children in the Fluvanna schools I would gladly have my taxes raised and have it fund our children's education. For those of you who feel our teachers are being paid above their worth, I invite you to step into their shoes. They are currently teaching large classes as is, paying for most of their class supplies out of pocket. And each of them put in more hours daily than most of us. Some teachers I know work well into the night, with grading of exams, lesson plans, and informing each students parents of their progress by individual contact whether by phone or e-mail. With his huge cut in teachers our children suffer. Fewer teachers mean larger classrooms which means less one on one time and individual care given to the students. Teachers who are already forced to work in unreasonable circumstances, how does that affect our children. Damn right I will pay a few extra bucks for the future of our schools and teachers!! It's my child's future at stake!! I blame the BOS for the poor decision making and budgeting. The new high school, now the replacement of the elementary school, the pipeline, this has all been poorly planned and executed by the BOS. I suggest we look to them for proper answers and proper resolution that we can all live with, out teachers should not go jobless, our children should not be provided with a less than proper education and our community should not go bankrupt
Anyway, the average Fluvanna Cty teacher salary is essentially $50,000 (or even a bit higher in reality). That makes it one of the most competitive in the State as most counties pay in the 40s in VA. Go to the DOE and look it up online.
The teachers I know are all the same: 1) They never let a good opportunity to discuss how hard they work without salary increases go to waste, and 2)they complain/gripe/even go on strike when a single extra minute of work is asked of them, whether it be helping out at an after school program once a month or just reading an additional piece of published academic literature mandated by the school board. Ironic.