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Fluvanna Supervisors' Funding Solution Falls Short of Schools' Request

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Wednesday night, Fluvanna County Schools asked the Board of Supervisors for more funding, but didn't get quite what they were looking for. 

Superintendent Gena Keller asked the Board of Supervisors to approve her $14.1 million funding request - a budget she says barely meets the school's basic needs.

Parents and teachers spoke out at the meeting, asking supervisors to approve the additional funding.

Ann Carter, a parent, said, "I ask you to listen to the teachers and the administrators and the staff whose lives and livelihoods you have deeply impacted by your poor choices."

Julie Buck, a teacher, said, "I just don't see what we're going to do and how the future of this county is going to be where we want it to be with our numbers like this. So I'm asking you to please fully find the schools."

In a 5-0 vote, the Board of Supervisors proposed a tax rate hike from .79 cents per $100 to .795 cents, which would bring the school board $13.7 million, still $400,000 short of the schools' request.

After that vote, the public spoke again, asking supervisors to reconsider. Supervisor Joe Chesser made a second motion, saying, "We didn't do the right thing tonight." He moved to raise the tax rate to 80 cents per $100.

Supervisor Mozell Booker agreed, but the motion was shot down in a 3-2 vote. 

Many parents were outraged that the supervisors did not fully fund the schools.

"There was a huge opportunity to do the right thing today, and yet again the board with its majority of 3 people saying the same thing saying we can't do it and they voted against the schools they voted against our children and they should be ashamed of themselves," said Toby O'Brien.

Now, the school board has to go back to the drawing board to come up with some better ways to make up for the lack of funds. This could mean more teachers cut, which would in turn lead to bigger class sizes. 

Keller said, "We're going to put our heads together and figure out what we do next because we have some decisions to make. Because if we don't meet the 14.1 there's still some cuts and shuffling that needs to be done."

Supervisors say fully funding the schools is something that needs to be done in increments, and that they hope to have the school budget restored within the next couple of years.

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