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Halifax County Schools weigh uses for additional funds / March 25, 2013
Budget matters will be uppermost on the agenda for the Halifax County School Board when trustees meet tonight at 6 p.m. in the school board conference room for a work session.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Merle Herndon and Finance Director Jay Camp are expected to update trustees on the latest developments with the fiscal year 2014 budget, which goes into effect July 1.

The meeting comes in the wake of a recommendation by the Board of Supervisors’ finance committee to provide an addititonal $240,000 in local funds for the school budget. The increase comes on top of an earlier recommended increase of $360,000.

In the current budget year, Halifax County provides $13,254,000 to the school division.

Herndon and other school officials have pleaded with the supervisors to boost local funding to offset what they say is a loss in state operating funds. This decline in operating funds, however, is accompanied by increased funding from the state to provide teachers with a 2 percent pay increase.

As part of its budget, the School Board is proposing to broaden the 2 percent salary increase to include non-instructional personnel such as bus drivers, cafeteria workers, administrators and other staff who would not receive the 2 percent raise under Virginia’s Standards of Quality guidelines.

The cost for the School Board to give all employees the 2 percent raise is approximately $300,000.

Under new business, trustees will hear a presentation by Patsy Akridge on their choices for an employee health insurance package in the coming year.

Finance Director Camp is expected to seek a resolution for Suntrust Bank during the evening meeting.

Following the business listed on their agenda, trustees are expected to enter into a closed session to consider personnel matters before adjourning.

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What is she goint to do with the money she is saving from cutting LORP and the salaries she is cutting? I hope that many many people will come out for the public hearing on the budget at the BOS meeting, tell them enough is enough. Stop raising our taxes and cut spending!

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