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NN school board proposes teacher raises, adding more mental health services

(Image: Courtesy of WTKR)
(Image: Courtesy of WTKR)


Tuesday night's Newport News School Board meeting tackled some big issues dealing with security in the wake of the shooting at Richneck Elementary nearly two months ago in which a 6-year-old shot first-grade teacher Abby Zwerner.

The district proposed a $380 million budget that includes teacher raises, adding more school security guards and mental health services.

Newport News School Board Chairperson Lisa Surles-Law said the district plans to add more behavioral support coaches in the classroom to address student behavior.

"They are coaches that come alongside teachers and administrators in the classroom and schools to help coach assist with behavior," Surles-Law said.

Surles-Law says behavioral coaches are currently in some schools and says the district plans to ramp them up for the upcoming school year.

"It’s an individual who is paying attention to behavior and helping us understand the best way to address it," Surles-Law said.

This story was reported and written by our media partner WTKR. Read more here.

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