PALMYRA — The Fluvanna School Board readies to approve a budget on Wednesday to send to the Board of Supervisors.
The budget proposal from superintendent Gena Keller included an increase over Fiscal Year 2013 local funding. Te Keller Budget would require a request for $14 million from the county, $1.9 million more than the agreed baseline and about $900,000 more than the proposed Nichols Budget.
“I would not call this a sustainable budget, because it isn’t,” Keller told the School Board as she presented the proposal.
The additional funding over this year’s base include elimination of furlough days, FCPS paying employee share of Virginia Retirement System Group Life, providing all staff with a two percent raise while using associated state funding, one percent VRS transfer to employees with offset raise with a ‘hold harmless’, increase funds for utilities and vehicle fuel, restore building instructional supplies, projected a 10 percent increase in health insurance plus impact of federal health care reform and technology needs that are not part of the Capital Improvement Plan.
All of these come to $1,878,150.
Keller also said, “If we are unable to get $1.8 [million] from the local government, we’ll be back to the drawing board.”
Already the School Board has voted to close both Columbia Elementary and Cunningham Elementary schools to save about $600,000 to $700,000 for the upcoming fiscal year.
The School Board budget hearing will be March 13 at 7 p.m. in the Palmyra School Auditorium. The School Board meeting begins at 6:30 p.m.