Lexington City Schools is facing backlash after banning a book that some parents think is sexually explicit, but that is not the only issue they have with the the graphic novel.
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Local school officials say pay raises will help districts retain teachers and staff.
Lexington City Schools officials want to attract teachers’ aides and staff to work with special needs children and an increasing number of non-English language speaking students.
Lexington City Schools approved a proposed 2024 budget last week that focuses on higher wages for teachers and staff.
Tuesday’s referendum had more than 62 percent of voters saying yes to a new way to select the Lexington School Board.
A referendum to change the selection method of the Lexington City School Board from City Council appointment to a direct election is on the ballot for Lexington voters this Election Day.
Lexington and Rockbridge County Public Schools will administer new winter growth assessments for students this school year. The Virginia Dept. of Education added the new test after most school divisions reported test score drops after the pandemic.
School nurses in Rockbridge County have been the target of increased anger from parents after quarantining their children for COVID-19 exposure. But in Lexington City schools, nurses have seen only parental cooperation.
Superintendent Rebecca Walters says the district needs this change to remain competitive and to show appreciation for hard-working employees.
Administrators are offering increased wages to encourage more pandemic-fatigued teachers to work this summer.