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Residents advocate for teacher raises at forum

Better pay for teachers was the main topic of discussion during a town hall meeting held Monday at the T.C. Walker Education Center.

The session was hosted by Gloucester Board of Supervisors’ Chairman John C. Meyer Jr., county school board chairman Troy Andersen and vice chairman Charles Records. Board of supervisors’ vice chairman Phillip Bazzani was also slated to attend but was absent due to illness, Meyer said.

Meyer began by saying the chairs and vice chairs of both boards have been meeting monthly, so there were basically no surprises in the recently proposed fiscal year 2017 school division and county budgets.

Meyer said while the school board perspective is to do the best for Gloucester Public Schools, the supervisors have other agencies that also want a part of the pot. He said the schools also tend to ask for more than they need.

One attendee told Meyer that, as a supervisor, he should be in line with the school board. “As a supervisor, you are responsib...

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