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Fluvanna School Board, Supervisors Work on 2014 Budget

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Wednesday night, the Fluvanna County Board of Supervisors may have had a case of déjà vu, as it heard from the school board about its budget needs.

On the heels of deciding to close two elementary schools, the two boards are working on next year's school budget with the hopes of finding the money to cover the rest of the division's needs.

After having a tough time figuring out the budget last year, the Board of Supervisors met with the school board to start the process of balancing the 2014 budget.

Superintendent Gena Keller broke down the nearly $1.2 million in savings that closing Cunningham and Columbia elementary schools will bring, as well as some restructuring in the schools that will eliminate some positions to help close their budget shortfall.

Keller also touched on some of the budget priorities for fiscal year 2014. Eliminating the furlough days from last year, technology needs and restoring funds for student supplies topped that list. All of those needs mean the school board would essentially be asking for an additional $800,000.

"Certainly my hope is that we can get additional funds closer to about $14 million because we really do need those items in order to move forward."

Last year the Board of Supervisors approved a $12.5 million school budget for fiscal year 2014. When the supervisors gave the school board an additional $300,000 to help with funding, they then agreed to subtract that amount and start the 2014 budget out at a base of $12.2 million.

Now, the county administrator is proposing a $13.2 million budget for the schools. That extra million still has to be approved by the Board of Supervisors. If they find that the money is needed for other priorities, the school board would essentially be asking for a total of $1.8 million.

The current proposed budget for the schools from the county administrator stands at $13.2 million, but that number will still need to be approved by the Board of Supervisors.

Superintendent Keller will first present the budget to the school board on March 6. The school board will then go to the Board of Supervisors on March 20 with a final vote in April.

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