Board to discuss budget, teacher resources, special education costs

The Shenandoah County School Board will discuss the budget, resources available to teachers and special education costs at its meeting on Thursday.

The board will hold a closed session at 6 p.m. Thursday, followed by a public meeting at 7 p.m. in the county board room in the Shenandoah County Government Center.

Superintendent Mark Johnston will present the School Board with the proposed 2017-2018 school division budget as part of the information agenda.

He said a presentation on teacher resources for the web will also be given during the meeting.

“The teacher resources for the web presentation is the culmination of over a year’s worth of effort to create a one-stop-shop of instructional resources for teachers,” he said. “There are curriculum materials, pacing guides, supplemental resources identified, instructional guides for various instructional approaches.”

The resources recently launched for teachers, he said, and the meeting provides a chance to share the work with the board.

A presentation on the costs for provision of special education services will also be given during the meeting.

Johnston said the presentation will be the response to a budget question received during the Jan. 19 budget work session. The question was to show the cost of the special education program, the revenue received from state and federal sources and the net cost to the locality.

The board will also hear presentations on the school division’s audit report for 2016 and an update on the Virginia Board of Education Standards of Accreditation.

Contact staff writer Kaley Toy at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or ktoy@nvdaily.com