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School board recognizes support staff

By Mike Stater
SALEM – Salem Schools Supervisor of Business Mandy Hall informed the School Board at its Feb. 10 meeting that the General Assembly has recommended budget plans which include raises for teachers and state employees. The House and Senate money committees have released competing budget plans, and both include funds for salary increases. Gov. Terry... »

Council approves pay raise for city personnel

By Patrick Smith
SALEM – All City of Salem full-time employees will receive a 2.5 percent pay raise next month, following a unanimous vote of approval by Salem City Council during its Aug. 11 meeting. The one-step pay raise will go into effect Sept. 28. Council had discussed the concept during a work session in July, but... »

Supervisors holding budget public hearing April 9; extend Guzi’s contract for another year

By Anita Firebaugh
County Administrator Kathleen Guzi will oversee Botetourt County’s next budget—  however it turns out— for another year. The Board of Supervisors approved a year-long extension of her contract at its March meeting. Her previous two-year contract expired at the end of March. The supervisors approved an addendum to the contract that provides for another... »

School budget in limbo because of government impasse

By Correspondent
NEW CASTLE – Discussion was limited at the March 25 Craig County School Board budget meeting due to the Virginia General Assembly’s lack of a decision on state money for school systems. The General Assembly adjourned without passing a state budget, and is scheduled to take up the matter again in special session. “I... »

School board approves $42.5-million budget

By Mike Stater
SALEM – The Salem School Board Tuesday night approved fiscal year 2015 budgets totaling over $42.4 million. They will be presented to Salem City Council by an April 1 deadline. Business Director Mandy Hall reported that a projected shortfall of $604,000 has been reduced by $59,000, to $544,351, because the school system received information... »

It’s East Salem Elementary’s turn next

By Correspondent
SALEM – It’s East Salem Elementary School’s turn for renovations next. And that work could start as early as spring. That was the consensus of members of the Salem School Board and Salem City Council, meeting jointly on Nov. 14, to discuss future capital projects including major renovations at that school and Salem High... »

Council ‘disgusted’ by state, feds lack of support for schools

By Meg Hibbert
SALEM – Individual council members didn’t know whether to be angry or upset by the shortage of state and federal money for schools. Mostly, they were disgusted. They expressed their dismay at the April 22 Salem City Council meeting after Salem School Board Chairman Sally Southard explained how her board had to slash the... »

Teachers and county employees will get raises

By Gwen Johnson
CRAIG COUNTY – When the new $12.5-million budget for fiscal year 2012-2013 goes into effect the first of July, all full-time school employees and county employees will see a 2-percent raise reflected in their paychecks. That is a move that Superintendent of Schools Ron Gordon has fought for ever since work on the school budget... »

Supervisors wind down a busy April

By Gwen Johnson
CRAIG COUNTY – April is the Craig County Board of Supervisors’ month for winding down the county budget and getting ready for the new Fiscal Year 2012-13. It is the culmination of many extra meetings and work sessions that began March 6 with a joint work session with the Craig County School Board. The... »

Residents tell supervisors don’t cut services

By Anita Firebaugh
BOTETOURT – If the Board of Supervisors did not know that citizens love their schools, their libraries, and the parks and recreation programs, they know it now. More than 500 people of all ages turned out at the public input meeting Tuesday night, and the vast majority wanted to save Botetourt County. Students pleaded... »