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Fluvanna County Makes Plans to Avoid Budget Problems Next Year

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Fluvanna County school leaders and supervisors worked on a common goal Wednesday night. They were hashing out next year's budget, aiming to avoid the money problems they faced this year.

Fluvanna County schools were able to avoid a budget shortfall for this year after receiving money from the Board of Supervisors last month. Wednesday night's public work session was a glimpse into what is in store for the schools in the 2014 fiscal year.

Fluvanna County Superintendent Gena Keller said, "We have a very preliminary work session with the Board of Supervisors— really just time to discuss where are we, what are we looking at next year, what do we have to offer in terms of restructuring what ideas we have out on the table for next year."

The budget starting point for the discussion was $12.2 million; all was fair game in the very early stages of joint discussion.

"Governor's budget doesn't come out for two weeks. Once we get that we can crunch numbers and try to make some sense of what it means for Fluvanna. But for right now, painting the picture of what our needs are is very important," Keller said.

The School Board presented potential options for restructuring the budget. Closing both Cunningham and Columbia elementary schools dominated much of that conversation.

"You had talked about $985,000 in cuts, and Columbia and Cunningham obviously would have to come into play there to do that, I mean that's where the only money is," said supervisor Robert Ullenbruch.

Closing both of those schools could save $900,000, but not without impacting those tied to the schools.

"The reality for us is this - or for anyone involved in the schools - is that for everything we take away, there's a huge ripple effect," Keller said.

All of the proposals made for the budget Wednesday night were early projections and are subject to change over the next few months. The final budget proposal won't be presented to the Board of Supervisors until March 2013.

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