Study Underway For Amherst County Schools

AmherstCountyPublicSchoolsAn efficiency study of Amherst County’s public school system began this week. The consulting firm, contracted by the state, started the process of accumulating data needed to recommend cost-saving strategies. The Board of Supervisors requested the study; and in February, appropriated funds for half of the study’s costs. So far, information compiled includes the division’s budget for the last three years and how many miles a school bus travels. According to the New Era Progress, officials next week will be visiting schools in teams of eight–each member of those teams will have a different specialty, such as transportation, facilities, instruction and human resources. In the coming weeks, Division staff members will be interviewed — from principals to custodians — to determine employees’ roles and responsibilities.

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