Warren schools give final budget approval

FRONT ROYAL – Warren County School Board approved its final 2016-2017 budget along with a number of contracts and plans at its Wednesday night meeting.

To start the meeting off, the district presented VSBA Business Honor Roll certificates to representatives from Ballou Justice Upton Architects, Charlie’s Auto Repair and Howard Shockey & Sons.

Mike Waters, chairman of Kids Voting in Warren, presented Hilda J. Barbour Elementary School, Ressie Jeffries Elementary School fifth grade teacher Anne Walters and E. Wilson Morrison Elementary School special education teacher Laurel Gilliom with recognition.

Faculty and parent leaders of the Tech Club at E. Wilson Morrison also gave a presentation of lessons and projects that around 30 third through fifth grade students have taken part in through the club.

After final action by the Warren County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, the School Board approved a final 2016-2017 budget presentation. The operating budget of $53,915,497 includes a 3 percent salary increase for all employees and 19.7 percent increase to the employer contribution to health insurance.

“I think we will see in this budget is that our focus is number one on our people, and that is what’s most important in helping us with our students,” said Superintendent Greg Drescher.

Director of Finance Rob Ballentine read out the various adjustments made to salary scales, which clears the way for employee contracts to go out. The board unanimously approved the scale adjustments.

Looking further into the future, Assistant Superintendent for Administration Melody Sheppard gave the first reading of the 2016-2021 Comprehensive Long-Range Plan, which provides guidance for school objectives and strategies in different categories. The board held a public hearing for the plan, which no one participated in. The final reading and approval of the plan will come at the June School Board meeting.

Drescher announced at the meeting that Doris Dean, former assistant principal at E. Wilson Morrison and current principal at A. S. Rhodes Elementary School, will become principal of Ressie Jeffries. Dean will replace Thomas Matteson, who will be resigning effective in June.

Contact staff writer Rachel Mahoney at 540-465-5137 ext. 164, or rmahoney@nvdaily.com