PALMYRA — When Fluvanna County Public Schools students have a big exam and inclement weather comes to Central Virginia, superintendent Gena Keller inadvertently grants a reprieve with a closed school day.
Keller won’t get that benefit with a fierce forecast for Wednesday night. The Fluvanna School Board has moved Keller’s budget presentation up one day because of the threatening weather projection.
Keller’s budget, much like Steve Nichol’s county administrator budget, isn’t necessarily what the School Board will approve. It is however going to lead the discussion and, historically, be very close to what the board will approve to send to the Board of Supervisors.
The Nichols Budget included a million dollar increase over what the boards agreed to as a baseline for the 2014 fiscal year. Still, even if the Board of Supervisors agree to that budget, which the supervisors have not, it appears to be about a million less than what the School Board has identified as additional needs over the baseline.
The School Board is trying to alleviate some cuts school staff have felt over the past two years including furloughs, Virginia Retirement System contributions, school supplies and more. One cost savings measure the School Board already has done is approve closure of both Columbia Elementary School and Cunningham Elementary School for the 2013-14 school year.
Keller will present her budget on March 5 at 5 p.m. in the Palmyra School Auditorium.