April 19, 2017
MARTINSVILLE – Do Martinsville schools need increased funding? During a budget hearing this week, school officials defended their request, without satisfying at least one council member’s desire for proof that they need it.
For the new fiscal year that will start July 1, the schools are requesting $380,734 more in local funds to offset a projected shortfall between expected revenues and expenses, plus $135,000 they expect to have left over at the end of the current year.
“This is what we really need” to maintain current academic programs, class sizes, preschool programs and extracurricular activities such as athletics, band and robotics programs, Superintendent Zeb Talley told the council during its budget work session.
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