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Charlottesville School Board Talks Funding

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Thursday night, the Charlottesville School Board worked to find creative ways to fund education with ever-dwindling state funds.

At the meeting, the board took some time to evaluate current techniques. It also voted on a topic that will help rake in some more money and implement new programs.

"At our joint meeting with Albemarle County School Board last week we talked about ways that we could remain a joint public education foundation but yet do some things independently, and we're going to get started on that discussion as an independent board tonight," said Charlottesville School Board member Juan Wade.

Board members passed the new plan from the nonprofit public education fund in a seven-to-zero vote. It's a plan that was first presented at the joint meeting with the Albemarle Board of Supervisors last week.

"I think it's great. We're so pleased that the city school board has decided to move forward with this. I think it's a great opportunity for public education throughout our community," said Lisa Ross Moorefield, public education fund president.

The board still had a few lingering questions, but decided to move forward with the plan and hash out the minor details as they go along.

"I hope that we will continue to play an active role in the formation of this new public education foundation," said Charlottesville School Board member Jennifer McKeever.

This new plan brings joint initiatives and would allow individual programs in the schools to solicit money. The next step for the organization is to have it approved by the county school board.

"Next steps are I believe it's on the agenda for the county next week so hoping crossing our fingers they approve it as well which we hope they will then we will get together our committee and get started," said Moorefield.

Preliminary discussions are still underway about the 2013-2014 budget, but the board will focus more on the money specifics during their work session on December 15.

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