$650,000 Restored to Fluvanna School Budget, New HS to Open
The Fluvanna County School Board met Thursday morning to look at a revised budget. Wednesday night, supervisors agreed to shift around some funds, and restore money to county schools and other groups.
‘A mixed blessing' is how Superintendent Gena Keller described the $650,000 restored to the school budget. She says that while it's a huge help, there are still some hard decisions ahead.
Keller confirms the money will be used to open the new high school, but all of the classes originally scheduled - like culinary arts and barbering - won't have teachers Staff cuts are also still a possibility.
Keller says 13 reduction-in-workforce letters have gone out. Fifteen positions were restructured earlier in this process. She says she hopes they can find extra funds and issue callback letters to as many employees as possible.
Keller says she's proud of the hundreds of people who came out to support the school system at the board of supervisors meeting Wednesday. "It was phenomenal. The people spoke with such passion about what matters." she said. "They spoke politely and professionally. They spoke about the children and I'm proud."
Keller says of the money restored to schools, $250,000 came from the county's micro-finance fund and $400,000 from the general reserve fund.
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