Albemarle Supervisors Talk Schools, Overtime and Texas Trip
Soaring overtime costs, school money and a trip to Texas topped talks at Albemarle County Board of Supervisors meeting Wednesday.
Supervisors are now in support of capping the school board's fund balance at 2 percent. This is important because the reserve stands at $8 million, which means $2.4 million will come from the school division's reserve to be used for capital improvement projects.
The money could be used to handle future school bus replacements, which supervisors are considering taking over. Both boards will meet next week to go over the details.
"I don't really see the need from them to maintain those kinds of high-dollar reserves," said Albemarle County Supervisor Ken Boyd.
"There's been general agreement between the school board and supervisors that a flat percentage is what we need to do," said Albemarle County Supervisor Ann Mallek.
Albemarle County Fire Rescue is also trying to get a handle on overtime costs, which currently stand at more than a half-million dollars. Scheduling changes and two new hires should help.
A trip to Texas will also happen. Some supervisors tried to rescind an October vote to send a delegation to Austin to share economic ideas, but that failed. Boyd and two staffers will travel in February at a cost of about $1,500 per person.
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