ISLE OF WIGHT COUNTY, Va. (WAVY) - During an emergency meeting, a Board of Supervisors reached an agreement to help fund Isle of Wight Public Schools in an effort to avoid teacher furloughs.
Earlier this week, it was announced the school system was in a budget deficit of more than $1 million in the 2012-2013 school year. The system's superintendent was given permission to cancel landscaping, reduce custodial services, and give teachers furloughs for anywhere between one and 12 days.
The emergency meeting was held Thursday morning, and the Board of Supervisors approved funding of $676,201 to help fund the schools through the end of the present school year, avoiding furloughs.
"I think we did the right thing," JoAnn Hall, chairman of the Isle of Wight County Board of Supervisors said Thursday.
Last week, the board gave the system approximately $750,000.
"Those monies will come back to us and we will move forward hopefully through the end of the year and continue to have a laser focus on student achievement which is where our focus should be this time of year," Superintendent A. Katrise Perera said.
Shannon Jones, a parent of a kindergartner whose aide's job may have been at risk during the deficit.
"The school district should get their money. It's very important for our children to receive their education. I have a daughter who is in kindergarten. She likes the teachers aides and I think it's sad they could have possibly lost their jobs," Jones said.
A public hearing on next year's school budget is set for 7 p.m. May 9 at the Isle of Wight Courthouse complex.
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