19 February 2015
The Fluvanna County School Board voted 4-1 (Charles Rittenhouse, Cunningham District, dissenting) on Feb. 11 to approve a fiscal year 2016 budget request for local funding in the amount of $16,495,653. This request will be submitted to the Fluvanna County Board of Supervisors at its meeting on Feb. 18. The 2015 fiscal year local funding was $15,251,745. This year’s request marks a $1,243,908 increase in local funding for Fluvanna’s schools.
The total requested FY 2016 appropriation, including funds from Fluvanna, the state, and the federal government, is $37,485,969. That includes state funding of $19,096,059 and federal funding of $1,120,457, as well as $773,800 of other local funding.
The budget request includes $300,000 to “hold harmless” school employees from increases in the cost of their health insurance. An additional $322,245 is earmarked for compensation for school employees; $69,729 of that is offset by changes by the governor in the VRS employment rate. Additional staff and professional development accounts for $187,995 of the increase, and technology replacement will cost an additional $300,000.
The meeting was also an opportunity for the public to learn about the budget and to address comments to the board about the budget; only one person chose to speak.
The school board also approved the 2015-2016 school year calendar. The first day of school will be August 10; Dec. 18 would be a half day and students would be off the weeks of Dec. 21 and Dec. 28; they would return on Jan. 5. Spring Break is scheduled for the first full week in April, and school ends for the year on May 20.