Franklin County’s failure to adequately fund its public schools could jeopardize the education of every student enrolled at the governor’s school.
When Franklin County supervisors refused to adequately fund their public schools, they set in motion a series of unfortunate decisions that now risk not only their own children’s education but that of the Roanoke Valley’s best and brightest students. Eventually, the supervisors’ poor decision could stymie economic growth that is so dependent on a workforce skilled in the sciences and technology.
Unless $1.5 million magically appears by Monday, the Franklin County School Board will be required to reduce its already lean budget by that amount. Though there is a list of options, one as appalling as the next, it is anticipated the board will opt to save $140,000 by pulling out of the Roanoke Valley Governor’s School. A drop in the $1.5 million budget deficit, yes, but the ripples it creates could spell the end for the governor’s school.