PALMYRA — In response to the advertised county budget, the Fluvanna School Board may have found money to cut its budget request.
While the board did not formally approve it, it is a road map if the Board of Supervisors pass the advertised budget and tax rate.
The least movement in any of the budget items was only funding 8.5 percent employer increase of health care costs instead of a 10 percent increase. Employees would then assume any increase above the 8.5 percent budgeted line. It would save the district about $30,000 but shift more insurance cost to the employee.
The insurance increase is not known yet. It could be less than 8.5 percent.
The school district will move from self-insured to a group plan for FY14. School officials hope to have the full increase figure within the next month.
The insurance section could be adjusted again if there are staffing issues. For example, kindergarten is projected at 260 but if there are more registered students the School Board could decide to take more from that section to fund employing teachers.
Discussion on the building instructional supplies and materials was funding the item at $50 a student instead of $75 a student. The fiscal year 2013 rate is $25 a student. The change is $92,900 of savings.
The other major cut is deferring technology replacement cycle implementation. The original request was $307,600 but now down to $82,600. The full amount would have been able to replace teacher laptops, LCD projections and other instructional technology items.
The School Board will not amend the budget request until the Board of Supervisors formally approve a budget on April 17. The supervisors currently have a budget line for $13.75 million of local funding for the school district.
The next School Board meeting is scheduled for April 10 at 4 p.m. in Palmyra School Auditorium.