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Halifax County trustees meet with budget at forefront / March 12, 2018
The Halifax County School Board will convene tonight for the first time since learning last week that their request for more county funding has been sharply curtailed.

Budget matters are likely to be a bone of contention at the School Board regular monthly meeting. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m.

A draft county budget developed by County Administrator Jim Halasz calls for providing the school division with an added $159,000 in county funding for the new budget year that starts July 1. Including state and federal funding, the school operations budget is projected to rise by $764,681 in FY 2018-19, up 1.3 percent from the current $58 million package.

The school funding recommendation by Halasz is in stark contrast to the School Board’s request for $2.2 million from the county.

Superintendent of Schools Mark Lineburg and interim Finance Director Bob Aylor are expected to provide a budget update to trustees tonight.

Also on the meeting agenda, Lineburg is set to discuss a corrective action plan at Sinai Elementary to bring the school in line with state academic accreditation standards. Lineburg also will present an update on the work of the school facilities study committee.

Also slated to make a presentation is School Board health care advisor Patsy Akridge, who will update trustees on how much they should expect to pay this year for employee health insurance premiums.

Lineburg is also expected to discuss a training program for math specialists.

The meeting will begin with a citizen comment period, followed by the superintendent’s remarks and board chairman remarks by Joe Gasperini.

The board is set to go into closed session to consider personnel issues at the end of the evening.

The meeting is being held at HCHS as part of the School Board’s commitment to hold regular meetings every other month at school buildings around the county.

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