January 28, 2014
Charlottesville city councilors and the school board met to work on funding the school district. The groups met to hear the Blue Ribbon Commission on Sustainable Schools Funding Report.
The work session took place at CATEC in Albemarle County.
The Blue Ribbon Commission tries to find solutions for funding city schools after the shortfalls of recent years.
The report suggested increasing the meals tax, real estate tax, lodging tax, raising tuition for out-of-area students, and finding operational savings as short term alternatives to meet schools' funding needs.
"State support has dropped, federal support certainly has dropped, and because of the recession, our local support has dropped as well. And the schools have made it up by making cuts in the administration. And we just want to make sure that we continue to have one of the best school systems in the country," said Charlottesville City Counselor Bob Fenwick.
To view the report, visit the Blue Ribbon Commission's webpage.
Should they choose to, councilors can enact ideas of the report at upcoming meetings for next year's budget.