Tazewell County School Board approves budget and fall 2020 start date

TAZEWELL, VA (WOAY) – Tazewell County School Board met on June 29, 2020, to continue their recessed meeting from June 8, 2020. At the meeting, the board approved a $67 million-dollar budget ($67,181, 703.00) which includes line items for:

  • a one-step raise for all teachers
  • Virginia Retirement System benefits for bus drivers, custodial staff, and food service staff
  • a school psychologist
  • 5 new school buses
  • roof repairs
  • a new garbage truck and backhoe

The school board also set August 17 as the first day of school for students for the 2020-2021 academic school year. August 14 will be a teacher work day. June 1 was announced as the last day of school for students. The last day work day for teachers for the 2020-2021 school year will be June 2. There will be 190 days of instruction.

“We have added 10 instructional days to our calendar in an attempt to bridge any achievement gaps created by the sudden closure of school on March 13, 2020. These extra days will be a means to kick start the new year by reviewing material from the end of the previous year and making a transition to new material, new courses, and new grade levels,” said Dr. Christopher B. Stacy, superintendent.

At the next board meeting on Monday, July 13 at 5 p.m. the school board will roll out their plan to reopen schools in August with Covid-19 precautions in mind. The meeting will take place at Tazewell Middle School in the auditorium.

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