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School budget season: Mathews moves ahead with preschool initiative

As the Mathews County School Board works to finalize its proposed 2017-2018 budget, board members are still not in agreement about whether to proceed with a new preschool initiative for 4-year-olds designed to break the cycle of generational poverty.

The $14.34 million budget (which includes an increase of more than $850,000 in local funds) will be the topic of a public hearing at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Mathews High School media center.

The school board held its second work session on the proposed budget Tuesday afternoon and left funds for the preschool initiative in its draft budget for the time being.

Meeting in the MHS media center, members also discussed other division needs, including the addition of a media specialist at Thomas Hunter Middle School, two new elementary school teachers, a division-wide social worker, a CNA at the high school, a fourth maintenance position and a teacher’s assistant for the gifted department.

The division is also looking at a 1.66 percent i...

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