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Budget deliberations cause strain between two boards

Gloucester County Administrator Brent Fedors and Gloucester County Public Schools Superintendent Walter Clemons are attempting to set the record straight concerning funding for the school system in the county’s FY 2019 budget that was adopted by supervisors on April 16.

Since the budget was adopted, the school board has opted to discontinue monthly dialogue it has had with the board of supervisors, marking a further strain on the relationship between the two boards.

Fedors said there also seems to have been some miscommunication between Gloucester’s school board and board of supervisors as to the amount of money the school system actually needed to address its compensation issues.

Throughout the budget process, Fedors said he was under the impression that the school board’s budget included funding to fully support an overall compensation fix for Gloucester County Public School employees, bringing their salaries more in line with neighboring localities. 

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