According to the NewsVirginian, Delegate Richard Bell is being denied 15 days leave for political duties.
The 20th District representative said he would not have asked for the civic leave “if it was not consistent” with what other teacher/General Assembly members are granted.
This leave is expressly permitted by the Augusta School Board rules.
Why is Augusta County denying Delegate Bell the same privileges enjoyed by other citizen legislators?
Why is Delegate Bell being transferred to Stuarts Draft High School?
It seems that Augusta County is burning its bridges.
Does it make any sense to deny our delegate the same privileges that other teacher/delegates receive?
Does it make sense to create feelings of ill will with any of our elected officials?
As a citizen, I want to have our representatives feeling proud of their home area.
As a parent, I want out delegate to work for the benefit of our schools.
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Augusta County Leave Policy
Leave of Absence - General
Educational employees on continuing contract may be granted a leave of absence for health, study, personal growth, political activity, maternity, or service in the armed forces of the United States. Leaves of absence are without pay and benefits and are not granted to cross over contract years.