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Mathews school board members make the case for an increase in local funding

About 70 people, a mix of school employees and other concerned residents, filled the Mathews High School media center last Thursday night at what was probably the largest attendance ever for a Mathews school budget work session.

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 esse...

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