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Halifax County school layoffs still in limbo

Halifax County Public School System employees patiently await the arrival of their contracts which have been sent out for professional employees and will be sent out the end of next month for classified employees.

According to ED-7 school board representative R. K. “Dick” Stoneman, 13 classified positions were eliminated when school board members passed the budget last month.

At that time, school board discussions centered on eliminating the LAN mangers positions. Currently there are 15 LAN managers employed.

“I would personally like to address it again,” said Stoneman.

At one time, Stoneman said due to budget constraints before retirements had been announced, board members were looking at possibly laying off 30-40 employees to balance the budget.

“People still have until June 30 to change their mind about retirement, anything is possible,” he added.

Stoneman said a chief financial officer has yet to be hired.

However, according to Executive Director for Administration Valdivia Marshall they have received one or two more new applications.

“I’d like to look over the applications again,” he said of the financial officer candidates.

Incoming superintendent Dr. Merle Herndon, who takes over on July 1, would like to have someone in office as soon as possible, Stoneman said.

“We’re all excited to work with her. We want her included on the decisions, and I love her enthusiasm and the fact that she has never forgot where she came from,” Stoneman said.

Herndon and board members will be traveling to Charlottesville Thursday evening to meet with the Virginia School Board Association on Friday to discuss the new laws and what can and can’t be done. 

Board members also will discuss future plans, receive some legal advice and look at all options regarding the budget, Stoneman said.

After that meeting, Stoneman said school board members may discuss which classified jobs to eliminate.