As the state budget forces the Pulaski County school system to cut back, the president of the education association there says funding for the Southwest Virginia Governor's School may go on the chopping block.
"It was one of the reasons why we came to Pulaski was because they had the governor's school in this county," said Derek Brown, senior at the governor's school.
"The kids here, their desire to learn is just contagious," said Ashley Taylor, senior at the governor's school.
"We think it's wonderful, but it's a luxury," said Shannon Turner, president of Pulaski County Education Association.
Pulaski County pays to maintain the Southwest Virginia Governor's School building.
Shannon Turner says that cost needs to be shared by the eight different school systems that pay to send top students there.
Meantime, Turner says Pulaski County may lose up to 103 teacher and support staff positions. That would mean larger class sizes.