Fluvanna County Public Schools Asks Board of Supervisors for More Money

A budget shortfall has school leaders in Fluvanna County asking the board of supervisors for more money.

Superintendent Gena Keller sent a letter to the board of supervisors last week outlining the funding gap and additional expected expenditures, making the projected gap for September $558,660.

At Wednesday night's board of supervisors meeting, they received a small portion of that request.

The board of supervisors approved a supplemental appropriation to the school budget for a project to help pay for summer school, funded by the state.

The state gave Fluvanna County Public Schools $21,976 for the project.

The school system wasn't able to use the money by the end of June, so the board moved Thursday night to transfer those funds to this fiscal year.

As for the rest of the money the school system requested, board members say further discussion is needed.

"Lots of conversation needs to be had, not just for the shortfall this year but perhaps going into FY14," said Shaun Kenney of the Fluvanna County Board of Supervisors.

Funding problems threatened the opening of a new school in Fluvanna County earlier this year.

The school system has already cut salaries through furlough days and health insurance charges.

"We were looking to try and mitigate that and not have to go back and look at people in any way, shape or form in order to make up the money we need to keep the utilities running until the end of the year," said Fluvanna County Public Schools finance director Edward Breslauer.

The board of supervisors will likely revisit school funding at its second meeting in October.

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