PALMYRA — The Fluvanna School Board will request a budget supplement from the Board of Supervisors during the July 3 meeting.
The School Board has been squeezed by state funding on multiple fronts, including lower than projected average daily membership (ADM).
The supplement request is for a portion of the overall state shortfall. The funding deficit was $499,323 but FCPS was able to use previously appropriated local funding and other unobligated funds to help.
The issue for the School Board is the budget is so tight there is no contingency for possible changes, especially as much as $500,000. At the last School Board meeting, the director of finance said if possible bills are being moved to next fiscal year to help make sure there is not deficit this year.
There is no local projection problems but the issue arose from a state deficit. Other districts are being hit with the same issue but have the room in the budget to move funds.
The deficit of $500,000 is less than 1.5 percent of the School Board budget. Most budgets are administered with at least one percent extra room.
The county staff recommendation includes moving money from various FY13 lines and the general fund to fill the gap:
- OPEB $100,000
- Personnel Contingency $ 30,000
- Bonus Contingency $ 70,000
- EMS Contract Services $ 80,000
- Central Virginia Regional Jail $ 90,000
- General Fund Balance $ 79,323
There isn’t really much of an option but to fill the state gap because these are existing, standard obligations. The use of the General Fund Balance could be lowered if the additional current school funding or revenues are identified.
The Board of Supervisors will discuss the item at the July 3 meeting. It is scheduled for 2 p.m. at the Fluvanna Courthouse.