Last night's budget worksession took a surprising turn when the Superintendent proposed to the Board that we freeze all salaries in the proposed budget, and reinstate most other recommended budget cuts, many of which would have cut positions. He said this after meeting with other Virginia Superintendents and finding none who were planning a pay raise.
Our Board, which in December voted to increase salaries instead of preserve jobs, did a prompt about-face, endorsing the Superintendent's proposal. This only changes the look of the proposed budget cuts above 10%, the level at which level the pay freeze was already scheduled. In another reversal, the Board voted not to increase out-of-network health insurance deductibles for employees. Copayment increases remain.
Other decisions were made in a long series of votes over the course of more than two hours. I didn't take notes and can't report all the details.