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Schools, sheriff need more money in coming year

The Mathews County Board of Supervisors is going to be dealing with budget issues over the next few months, and Superintendent of Schools Dr. David Holleran and Sheriff Mark Barrick let the board know Tuesday that they’re will need more money in the upcoming fiscal year.

Holleran told supervisors that, because of an increase in required Virginia Retirement System payments and declining enrollment, the school system is expected to need nearly $200,000 more from the county just to break even next year.

Enrollment at the beginning of the school year was 1,168 students, he explained, but that number has dropped to 1,130 and “we’re pinching pennies to get through this school year.”

The budget numbers aren’t final yet, said Holleran, as they’re dependent on legislation pending before the General Assembly.

In addition, he said, the school board is asking that the county fund a 2 percent plus step across-the-board salary increase for school employees. Th...

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