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Rally called for school support

SoVaNow.com / March 09, 2011
The Mecklenburg County school division will host a Rally for Education 6 p.m. on March 14 at South Hill Elementary School to encourage public support of a request for about $400,000 in additional county funding for the fiscal year starting July 1.

County funding for the current year is $10,737,409.

Details of the $43 million budget will be presented to the school board two nights later at its March meeting. The public meeting starts at 7 p.m. at the board office in Boydton.

Parents and community members will be speaking at the rally on behalf of the county’s children and the proposed school budget, according to School Superintendent James Thornton’s blog.

“As we try to finalize our budget for next year, it is very important that parents, community members, and faculty get involved in the process,” wrote Thornton. “I have provided a budget document for the Board of Supervisors and we are trying to do a better job of informing them of our students’ needs.

“We need to demonstrate, as a community, that our children are our most important resource,” wrote Thornton in his blog.

Commenting on the request for local funds, Thornton said better than expected funding from the state has somewhat improved the outlook for the coming school year. As a result, the school division should be able to bring back “some much-needed instructional positions at the building level,” he wrote yesterday in an e-mail.

“We did receive additional $575,000 from the state; $272,741 was hold harmless money that was put back,” he wrote.

The total estimated state distribution for Mecklenburg schools is $25,203,277, which falls $693,499 short of this year’s state funding but is $575,241 more than Gov. Bob McDonnell had recommended in December.

State funding for the current school year is $25,896,776.







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