Over 70 people attended Tuesday night’s community meeting at First Baptist Church in Tappahannock with many addressing their concerns about the current state of the Essex County school system. Some of their concerns included:
* The transportation policy;
* The high level of employee turnover;
* Teachers being shifted around to different schools;
* Lack of communication between teachers and administration;
* Accounts of both teachers and students being bullied at school;
* Behavior in the classroom;
* The current emergency plan for the schools;
* Whether or not salaries of central office staff had been affected;
* The outsourcing of janitorial staff; and
* Students not being able to march on graduation day due to SOL scores with their names being listed on the graduation programs
Citizens also questioned whether or not the school superintendent Scott Burckbuchler received a salary increase of $30,000. School board members at the meeting countered that was not the case. Burckbuchler, two school board members and county supervisor Sidney Johnson were among the citizens who attended the meeting. Speakers noted the community support they saw Tuesday and anticipated that the same citizens will attend the Essex County School Board Meeting Monday night at 7 p.m.
More to come in an upcoming publication of the Northern Neck News.