Albemarle Superintendent Presents Budget to School Board
Superintendent Pam Moran
ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va (WVIR) -
It looks like it might be a difficult year for Albemarle County schools. Thursday night, the superintendent presented her budget to the school board. With increased attendance and low revenues, the division has a large budget gap to fill.
Superintendent Pam Moran made it clear to the board that this is a bare bones budget. She says this request is what is necessary to maintain the county's quality of education - but it still leaves schools with a nearly $7 million deficit.
"I will tell you we don't have a spending problem; we have a revenue problem,” Moran said.
Moran says Albemarle County needs $164.3 million to fund schools for the 2014-2015 school year, about a 6 percent increase from last year’s request of $155.3 million.
"Not frivolous programs that we've added, not additional staff that we've put in for things we've wanted to do or thought we'd be nice to do,” Moran said.
With revenues only up by 1 percent, the schools are left with a $6.9 million deficit. Mandated increases like employee raises and more expensive insurance premiums are the biggest factor in the shortfall - totaling $6.83 million. Enrollment growth accounts for $816,000, restorations for $606,000, and new initiatives for $732,000.
Now Moran is asking the school board not to take the “easy” route.
"The hard path is to say, when faced with this challenge, we're going to come together as a community,” she said. “Working together the two boards, a full community to try to solve the problem of making sure all of our kids get the roads you need.”
There are a number of sessions planned over the next few months for the budget, which the school board is expected to adopt in late March.
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