AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) - School leaders in Augusta County are working hard on next year's budget.

On Thursday, March 7, the school board will sit down for another budget work session.

The superintendent's proposed budget, which reflects the board's goals, is currently $2.1 million over the slated amount.

It includes a 2 percent raise for all school employees, 12 buses, health insurance for bus drivers, completing the digital transition, and a middle school athletic program.

"It's a lot of the same goals that we've had in the past years and we feel like this year, we feel really good about where we are,” Tim Swortzel, chair of the Augusta County School Board, said. “The shortfall is a fairly large number, but it's not as big as it has been in the past years. And we as a board feel that we can definitely work to get everything we need to get accomplished accomplished."

The board is expected to vote on the budget on March 14 and introduce it to supervisors on March 18.