Layoffs possible for 60 Hanover teachers

ASHLAND, VA (WWBT) - Hanover schools is considering cutting 60 teachers because of budget problems. The school board is meeting Tuesday to figure out how to cut $14 million out of its budget for the next school year.

A total of 100 employees could be out of a job when students return in the fall.

Elaine Flanigan has two grandchildren in Hanover schools. She says there are certain things that should never be cut - no matter how tough the times can be financially.

"I don't think they should be laying off any teachers whatsoever," Flanigan said. "Same with police officers or fireman. That's ridiculous. This is where our children get their education."

It's not just teachers that could be out of a job. Bus drivers, custodians and other employees could also be laid off.

Renee Vaughn has two children in Hanover schools. She knows fewer teachers usually means larger classes.

"There's going to be too many children in one classroom," Vaughn said. "There are other kids that need more help in the classroom than others. We need those extra teachers."

Tammie McGhee has a daughter that has special needs. Classroom sizes are a big deal for her. She says her daughter has done much better in school recently after she received more individualized attention. She's afraid teacher layoffs could end that.

"When she has more one-on-one, the teacher can give her a whole lot more attention," McGhee said. "If she doesn't have that, she'll talk to her friends, she likes to joke around, be the center of attention and then she doesn't learn anything."

This won't have an effect on this school year. The budget cuts being discussed now will go into affect July 1st.

Tuesday's meeting is open to the public. If you'd like to attend, it starts at 7:30 at the school district offices in Ashland.

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