February 14, 2008
Wednesday night, the Fluvanna school superintendent presented his $38 Million budget plan to the school board; it's about 8% more than last year.
Most of that money would be state funded, but it would also ask for more money from the county and the Board of Supervisors don't know if they have the means to approve that.
"I think that we'll take a very cautious attitude towards very large increases for the school board simply because we are borrowing $10 million this year to begin planning construction of the school and we are going to start paying on those loans as we go along," said Chairman of the board, Marvin Moss.
A good chunk of the superintendent's budget includes hiring new teachers and paying them well.
The schools say they are expecting 100 more students next year and need more teachers to teach them.
"With that thought and mission in mind we want to retain our wonderful and great staff, but we also want to attract staff and new teachers," said Assistant Superintendent, Maurice Carter.
Fluvanna County continues to fall further behind the state average of money spent per pupil.
The county also ranks 128th out of the 132 school systems across state in the number of personnel per 1000 students; another reason school officials are really hoping both boards will approve their budget.
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