Albemarle Schools Attempt to Resolve Budget Shortfall
The Albemarle County school system is facing a $589,310 budget shortfall in the next fiscal year. Thursday night, the school board decided where some of those cuts may be coming from.
Albemarle schools were initially facing a $1.2 million shortfall.
Supervisors agreed to raise the county tax rate by four-tenths of a cent to cover half of that, which means schools are still working to close a nearly $600,000 budget gap. The division has presented a few recommendations to help balance the budget.
Plans to save $93,000 by developing curriculums in-house - as opposed to buying online software - were put on the table. Also up for discussion was $86,000 in cuts from the superintendent's central office.
Plans to hire six additional staff members may also be on hold, saving the schools another $410,000. That means plans to decrease class sizes will also be at a standstill.
"We think that our class size is at a very acceptable level so instead of hiring those additional six folks that would continue to push class size down in certain schools, we think of this as a good opportunity to hold steady and not make those particular staff additions at this time," said Josh Davis, chief operating officer for Albemarle County Public Schools.
Schools cannot pull any more money from their reserve fund; they have already planned to spend $2.6 million of it.
However, the school board talked about the possibility of dipping into its $75,000 reserve fund to salvage some of those online curriculum courses.
The school board will now have until April 30 to balance the schools' budget.
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