FRONT ROYAL – The Warren County School Board moved to approve the proposed budget for the 2019-2020 fiscal year during their meeting on Wednesday.

The proposed operating budget is $59,594,893, which is an increase of more than $2 million in local funding over last year.

Schools Superintendent Greg Drescher said that he presented the budget to the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.

The budget will feature some of the more immediate needs for the district, including a 3 percent salary increase for all full-time contracted employees, an action that will begin phase one of the compensation plan for some teachers and staff members. The budget will also add four of the 63 needed positions recognized in the compensation and benefits study conducted last year.

“This doesn't meet every need we have, but what it does do is allow us to start fulfilling some of the things we promised,” Drescher said.

The Board of Supervisors will get the budget next and is expected to make a final decision on April 16. The proposed budget can be found at https://tinyurl.com/y4pt22c7.

Drescher also updated the board on the changes to the calendar for the rest of the 2018-2019 school year. He said that the division has had 11 snow days so far this school year, and has used up all of its snow days for the year.

In the revised school calendar, spring break will now be three days long - April 18, April 19, and April, 22. The school year will end on June 6.

The board also moved to approve the reclassification of the vacant principal position at E. Wilson Morrison Elementary. At the May 16, 2018, meeting, the board voted to temporarily assign the principal responsibilities duties at Morrison to the district’s director of elementary instruction, Lisa Rudacille, until a replacement was found.

The position was originally intended to last one to two years. The change was made after the former principal at E. Wilson Elementary, Nicole Jensen, left at the end of 2017-2018 school year.

Drescher said that the search for a replacement principal is underway.

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