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No Comment at Albemarle School Budget Meeting

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For the second time in a week, no one showed up to a school board public hearing.

The first was earlier this week in Waynesboro, where parents had the opportunity to tell board members what they were looking for in a new superintendent.

The second was Thursday night at a public hearing about Albemarle County's school budget.

It was supposed to be a chance for the school board to hear the public's input about the future budget. The only problem: for the first time in more than 15 years, no one showed up.

School board members say it's unusual that no one came to share their thoughts on the early stages of the budget. Right now the superintendent is requesting about $155 million, a nearly 3 percent increase from the current budget.

The funding gap right now is about $1.5 million, down from $5 million last year. But there are still some factors that could change this proposal.

"At this point as we're working on our funding request, we don't really know what our final revenue number is going to be. We've got, based on what the governor's proposed budget is at the state level, but they're really still revising numbers and projections at the local level," said Stephen Koleszar, school board chair.

School board members say the fact that no one showed up means that the community is pleased with its progress. It could also mean that people are waiting for the county's budget presentation to comment.

The school board plans to meet again next week for a budget work session.

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