I hope that everyone has had a happy and safe holiday season.
If you have not heard, the Fluvanna County School Division received the Virginia Board of Education’s Award of Excellence. We were one of 15 school divisions out of 134 to receive this honor. I am also pleased to report that Fluvanna County High School received the Competence to Excellence Award under the same program. We want to thank our staffs and students for the hard work and efforts that led to these honors.
The second item that I need to mention is the 2010 – 2011 school budget. As we saw last year, the current budget projection from the Commonwealth of Virginia is an approximate reduction in state funds of $1.9 million. As you may remember we also experienced a 2% reduction in local funds for the current school year. To make up for these deficits last, year there was a freeze on employee salaries and a reduction of staff positions. While we have not heard a firm figure from the Board of Supervisors for next year, I am anticipating that the picture will not get any brighter. A further reduction in programs and services will be even more difficult. Great progress has been made in recent years both in overall achievement and in our graduation rate. Sustaining further reductions in services will only jeopardize this progress. In gathering the information necessary for our School Board to ultimately make these difficult decisions, I have asked for input from our schools staffs and other affected groups. They recognize the severity of the situation. My first draft of the 2010-2011 school budget will be delivered to the School Board at it’s at its February 10, 2010 meeting.
Finally, I ask your help in communicating with our elected representatives in the General Assembly. Some would make these cuts permanent. This means that they would not be restored once our economy rebounds and revenues are no longer declining. Please contact our representatives and ask that they do not vote to make these changes permanent or further cut funds for public education. Below is listed the contact information:
Delegate Watkins Abbitt – DelWAbbitt@house.state.va.us
Delegate Rob Bell – DelRBell@house.state.va.us
Senator Frank Ruff – email@example.com
With your help, we can make it thought this difficult time and continue to provide quality services to our children
If you have any questions or input on our current situation, please feel free to contact my office at 589-8208 or firstname.lastname@example.org.