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Gloucester schools get some, not all, of additional appropriation

After challenging why county schools officials are seeking an additional appropriation for Gloucester schools next year, the county board of supervisors approved an appropriation—although less than the one requested—by a 4-3 vote Tuesday night in the colonial courthouse.

Supervisors Phil Bazzani, Mike Winebarger and Ashley Chriscoe—who voted against the extra money for the schools—all challenged the schools’ budget request with arguments as varied as why certain subjects like Latin are taught to why there is discontent among some teachers who might be transferred from one school to another.

In the end, it was newly hired Interim County Administrator Sandy Wanner who came up with a modified appropriation upon which four of the seven supervisors could agree. Even supervisors John Meyer Jr. and Andy James, who had opposed earlier additional requests for the schools, said they were in support of Wanner’s suggestion to give the schools an extra appropri...

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