Mathews school board members make the case for an increase in local funding
As the audience listened quietly, Mathews County School Board members laid out their case for an increase of about $340,000 in local funds over the current operating budget—an increase made necessary by a cut of over a half-million dollars in state funding.
Only one relatively minor adjustment was made to the $12.22 million draft budget that was initially presented to the school board at its February meeting—coming up with about $12,000 to $18,000 to cover the cost of Advanced Placement testing, following a recent attorney general’s opinion that prohibits local school boards from imposing a mandatory fee on students for this service.
While state revenue may have fluctuated from Gov. Bob McDonnell’s proposal, the changes were essentially revenue-neutral for Mathews. The county, Superintendent of Schools David J. Holleran said, will receive another $150,000 to $180,000 in state funds, but will also have to pay back the equivalent in additional Virginia Retirement Service fees. "It basically amounts to a wash," Holleran said.