Fluvanna Supervisors Review Schools Request for More Money
Fluvanna County supervisors are reviewing a request from school administrators for a more money. This comes just months after the school board fought for additional funds to open the new high school.
Superintendent Gena Keller has finished making her presentation to the board. She said she's been in good conversations with supervisors, but Wednesday night is about giving them some tangible numbers.
The school system wants the board to consider using carry over and small capital improvement funds to close its approximate $558,000 deficit to around $300,000. The school system is seeking an additional $308,000 from supervisors, which would allow them to close the gap all together.
There was a chance for people to make public comments where several urged the board to "do the right thing."
Director of Finance Edward Breslauer said, "The money is going to be asked for in a couple of different places. We're going to ask for re-appropriation of local fiscal 2012 dollars - that's about $66,000. We're going to ask for access to the capital reserve fund that they set aside for school buildings."
The money will help the school system with operations costs.
After a lengthy debate Wednesday night, board members said they just don't have the money to give when it comes to using carry over and small capital improvement funds.
"This is a problem that every locality in Virginia is facing. We don't have enough money for a number of things. Commonwealth of Virginia has cut us $7 million over the last three years and those sort of state cuts trickle down to local cuts, and those local cuts contribute to school shortfalls," said Board of Supervisors Chair Shaun Kenney.
As for the additional $308,000 the school system requested, the board will revisit the issue in October.
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