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Louisa’s school budget focuses on raising the bar

Posted on Friday, January 27, 2017 at 8:00 am

educationThe Louisa County School Board got its first peek at the proposed $66.2 million school budget for FY 2017-18 at its meeting on Jan. 6.

Superintendent Doug Straley shared with school board members his vision for the upcoming year and the major points of a budget forecast that is $2.5 million more than the current fiscal year.

Straley broke the budget down into four segments while explaining what he anticipates is needed for the next school year and beyond to help achieve the division’s goal of making sure Louisa’s students can compete with anyone in the world in the job market.

Operational expenses, which the superintendent described as “required and unavoidable” costs, resulted in a budget increase over the current year of $2.07 million.

Items included in this category include rising health insurance costs, retirement system rate increases, additional fuel costs, the cost of hiring an additional school mechanic at the bus garage earlier this year and supplies for programs.

To read the entire story, see the Jan. 26 edition of The Central Virginian.