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INDEPENDENCE — Five instructional days for students and related salaries for school employees were restored to Grayson County Public Schools’ 2010-11 school year after the school system received $546,000 in federal assistance.
The federal Education Jobs Fund legislation provided $249 million to the state of Virginia, with Grayson receiving $546,000 to be used within a two-year period of time, said schools’ Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Thomas.
“The main purpose of these funds is to help provide salaries and related costs of school personnel since many local school divisions had experienced drastic state and local budget cuts,” Thomas said.
The Grayson County School Board approved $312,000 to be used this year to restore five instructional days for students and to restore five days of salary for school employees. “Our school system plans to use the remainder of the funds to assist with salaries in our next budget year, since state funding is not expected to increase,” Thomas said.
The Grayson County School Board on Oct. 11 approved a revised 2010-11 school calendar. An additional five days will be added to the second semester, beginning Jan. 10, 2011.
According to the Virginia Department of Education, the Education Jobs Fund provides federal funding to states to support elementary and secondary teacher, school-level administrator and other essential school-level staff salaries and related costs. The $10 billion fund was established by Congress through H.R. 1586, which was signed into law on Aug. 10.