February 28, 2017
By Mickey Powell
MARTINSVILLE – Martinsville Schools Superintendent Zeb Talley wants to ask for $657,185 in extra funding from the Martinsville City Council during this year’s budget talks. That was the proposal discussed during Monday night’s school board meeting. If they don’t get the extra funding, school officials warn they’ll have to start cutting jobs.
Talley presented a proposed budget for fiscal 2018 during the meeting, but the document isn’t a finished product. Why? It’s not balanced yet, Travis Clemons said after the meeting. Clemons serves as the schools’ executive director of administrative services who oversees financial matters. He said the schools are trying to find out exact amounts of state funding they will receive before finalizing a spending plan.
The district wanted to hold off on any decisions, to see if the General Assembly made any changes to the funding formula. Earlier in the session, some school districts had asked Gov. McAuliffe to eliminate the enrollment-based funding method, where school districts receive dollars based on the number of students they have. Districts like Martinsville which lost students over the last few years, wanted to find a way to keep those dollars from leaving. The General Assembly ended their session on Saturday, however, without making a final decision on that proposal.
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