After nearly a year of budget trouble, Fluvanna County Public Schools can breathe a sigh of relief.
The Board of Supervisors voted to fill the void for county schools after state funding fell short last month.
The state didn't take up a funding request to back Fluvanna schools and Wednesday night Fluvanna supervisors voted 5-0 to pick up the slack, covering a nearly $500,000 shortfall.
"Commonwealth of Virginia cuts you $500,000, you've got to step up to the plate and that's what we ended up doing," said Fluvanna Supervisor Shaun Kenney.
The board is stepping up to the plate at a time where schools and the county are vowing to work together better.
"It was good to see the Board of Supervisors supporting the schools and supporting their responsibilities to meet the state funding shortfall," said Bill Sullivan, head of the group Focus on Fluvanna's Future.
An increase in local funding and unspent school cash fill part of the shortfall. The remaining amount will be pulled from contingency funds, personnel bonuses, contract services and funds from the Central Virginia Regional Jail to close the gap.
Much of the funding shortfall is credited to a decline in Fluvanna County's average daily membership, which is how the state calculates funding by student headcounts.
Kenney says standing behind the schools and providing the extra money was a simple solution.
"That's one of those things where you know the problems are coming straight from Richmond so you ban together as a community and you meet it head-on," Kenney said.
This was just the latest financial battle for school administration and supervisors to handle. The county and the schools say they hope to continue to work together better to avoid any future budget problems.
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