Mathews 2014-2015 school budget process begins

Charlie Koenig - Posted on Dec 18, 2013 - 01:40 PM
The holidays won’t be all fun and games for Mathews school superintendent David Holleran and business and finance director Kristi Anthony, as the pair will have some work to do over the winter break once they receive the preliminary 2014-2015 state budget figures.
 
Public involvement in next year’s budget process got underway during Tuesday night’s school board meeting, which was held in the Mathews High School media center, as employees and members of the community were given the opportunity to submit requests for the coming year.
 
Although no one spoke, the public will get several more opportunities to have their input in the budget as it gets developed over the next couple of months.
 
Very preliminarily, Holleran said that he’s gotten indications that any additional state funding may be offset by a request for higher contributions to the Virginia Retirement System rates. But until he gets a complete breakdown from Richmond in the next couple of weeks, he won’t have a better idea.
 
Once Holleran gets those figures, he will develop a draft budget which will be unveiled at the school board’s Jan. 21 budget work session. That meeting will be held at 4 p.m. in the MHS media center. A second budget work session will be held on March 4, with a public hearing scheduled for the following Tuesday, March 11. The school board is expected to approve its budget on March 18, after which it will be delivered to the county board of supervisors for its consideration.
 
Concerning the school division’s current $12.79 million budget, Holleran said that the finances are very tight, “but I think we’ll be O.K.”
 
One new board member will be working on the 2014-2015 budget. Linda Hodges, who was elected in November, will be replacing Bill Johnson, who is stepping down from the board after serving two terms.