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Gloucester boards to discuss school funding

The Gloucester County Board of Supervisors and the Gloucester County School Board will discuss lump sum vs. categorical funding of the school system during a joint work session Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the Gloucester Main Library Community Room.

Supervisors voted 5-2 last week to allow school board members to sit down to discuss the issue, which has proved to be controversial since it came to the fore in January 2008.

The vote to change the school’s funding method from lump sum to categorical in 2008 sparked uproar from many citizens, and eventually forced supervisors to change their decision.

This past May, the issue resurfaced.

Ware district supervisor Gregory Woodard, under the agenda item "Matters Presented by the Board," asked county administrator Brenda Garton if the school board had the option to turn back to the county extra revenue it used to give teachers $400 bonuses and instead help offset the county’s 2010-11 budget.

"It would show good ...

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