Martinsville Bulletin: City schools seek qualified teachers

March 18, 2016

By MICKEY POWELL Bulletin Staff Writer

Expecting tight finances in the new fiscal year that will start July 1, the Martinsville schools’ first priority will be ensuring that students are taught by well-qualified teachers, according to Superintendent Pam Heath.

"Research shows that’s what makes the difference in the classroom," Heath told the Martinsville School Board on Monday.

Because the General Assembly has not yet finalized a budget, the city schools do not yet know how much state funding they will get in fiscal 2017. Officials cannot complete a budget proposal for the schools until they find out. They anticipate presenting a spending plan to the school board next month.

As tight as local revenues are, it is hard to develop a budget proposal without knowing how much state funding will be received, Heath said.

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