Thanks for reading Fluco Blog! I’m Perrie Johnson, Fork Union’s representative to the Fluvanna County School Board. My goal with Fluco Blog is to let people know what’s going on at School Board meetings beyond the reports available online. Be forewarned, when it comes to discussion, most of the comments I remember turn out to be mine! Here’s the latest….
The biggest item on the agenda at the regular Feb. 13 meeting was a vote on the superintendent’s recommended budget for next year. As I explained in my previous post and have indicated from the very beginning of this budget process, I supported the superintendent’s request but I also wanted to reallocate enough current resources to honor all published salary schedules. Mr. Rittenhouse and Mr. Pullen also voted against the recommendation, for other reasons, so it didn’t pass. Another meeting was set to try again a week later.
Fast forward to February 18th. Mr. Winkler made enough cuts to current expenses to reduce the total increase requested of the Board of Supervisors, which was an objective of Mr. Rittenhouse. With time running out on our chance to present ANY number to the Supervisors, Mr. Pullen and I voted with Ms. Stewart and Ms. Pace to approve the amended recommendation.
In other news, the calendar for next year keeps evolving. I suggested quite a few things, including a flex staff day, indicating some acknowledgement of the existence of banked time, and adding a component of consulting with School Board members before additional snow days are determined by the superintendent.
Solar panels may be coming soon to all schools for a substantial energy savings.
A policy governing the use of the Flying F logo is under consideration.
I almost forgot, there were four public speakers at the called meeting on Feb. 18. Two teachers supported Mr. Winkler’s original budget recommendation, one interpreting the Board’s vote against it as a lack of trust. Another teacher spoke against any cuts in staffing, even for the sake of increased compensation. She was backed up by the last speaker, an instructional aide. Historically, our budget is not fully funded by the Board of Supervisors, so chances are the discussion will continue.
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