Fluvanna Schools to Teach Parents About County Budget Basics
Fluvanna County parents, students, and teachers are getting schooled in budgeting for classroom costs.
School budget builders are hosting a public forum to break down how they fund programs and make difficult cuts. Fluvanna County Public Schools Director of Finance Ed Breslauer calls it School Budgeting 101.
The first of these informal chats is scheduled for Tuesday night. Fluvanna County Public Schools battled the board of supervisors earlier this year after the board cut more than $1.5 million.
That would have kept the new high school from opening. Crowds of school supporters turned out at county meetings to rally for more funds, and they got some of the money back. Breslauer says there was so much confusion about the budgeting process that they want to clear up some of the money myths.
He said, "We kept hearing that people didn't really understand school budget, school finance. There was a lot of misinformation, poorly understood information. We're in the business of education, so going through and explaining to people about school budgeting, finances, where the money comes from, try to take some of the mystery out of it."
The schools plan to continue these 101 lessons monthly to take your questions, answer them, and include more people in the budget process. This first meeting starts at 6:00 Tuesday evening at the Fluvanna County School Board Office on Route 15 in Palmyra.
The finance director promises it won't last longer than an hour.
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