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Hanover School Board to cut teacher positions; not charge for student activities

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HANOVER, VA (WWBT) -

Some hard decisions will be solidified for Hanover County schools, Thursday. Board members are set to vote on the next budget.

A proposed athletic/extracurricular activities fee for Hanover parents is gone, but lost teaching positions will likely make up the difference in the school budget. The Hanover School district has about $5.4 million to make up for.

The superintendent's plan initially proposed slashing two dozen teacher positions. However, School Board Chair Ann Gladstone says, the board found ways to whittle that number down to 16.

Gladstone says those teacher positions will likely be through attrition, or not refilling positions, or through retirements, as opposed to layoffs. Gladstone says the goal is always to impact students as little as possible.

"Our focus is always… reaching the children," said Gladstone.

The school board decided not to make up the extra dollars by charging students fee to play sports or join extracurricular activities. However, that idea may resurface again in the future.

"We want to make sure that we've really analyzed (the idea of asking parents to contribute to student activities)," continued Gladstone.

Money will instead by saved by holding off on replacing buses.

"Once we took a close look at the fleet, it's in good shape," said Gladstone. She says more money will be spent on technology upgrades.

A major changed slated for next year is adding an extra class period to the high schools. Gladstone says this could help keep class sizes down, and make the day more efficient. She says the state has also added new class requirements.

The Hanover School Board has historically passed a balanced budget.

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