Gloucester supervisors to take another look at school funding issue
The Gloucester County Board of Supervisors will host a discussion and possibly make a decision Tuesday night on whether to continue to fund the county’s school board budget by category or revert to lump sum funding. The meeting will begin at 7 o’clock in the colonial courthouse.
The school funding method proved to be a contentious topic during several meetings of the former board of supervisors. A majority of that board voted to change how the school board was funded—from giving the school system a lump sum each year and allowing it to decide where that money would be spent to providing specific amounts for each of a number of categories, such as instruction, transportation and administration.
Many school board members and some residents spoke up and said the school board, as an elected body, should be able to manage its own funds. Opponents of lump sum funding said the board of supervisors, which is responsible for setting the tax rates, should have more control on how taxpayer money is spent.
In other matters, there are two public hearings scheduled for Tuesday night. The public hearings will begin at 8 o’clock and include a zoning ordinance modifying the definition for "recreation and amusement enterprises" to remove wellness and fitness centers from it. The proposed changes also create a definition for "wellness and fitness centers" and propose this use be permitted in the Business, Village Business, Office Business and Rural Business zoning districts instead of only by special exception in the Business, Village Business and Rural Business zoning districts.