More Money Expected in Harrisonburg Schools Budget

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- While some areas in the Valley are dealing with cuts, Harrisonburg may see an increase in funding.

Superintendent Dr. Scott Kizner will recommend a budget increase for next year of more than $3 million during Thursday evening's school board meeting.

Harrisonburg has seen an increase in students, and more students, means more aid.

The additional funds would go towards retirement services, health insurance costs and a 2 percent raise for school employees.

To pay for this increase, 5 percent will come from the federal government while the rest would be split between the state and the city; however, since no state budget has been passed yet, it's unknown how much each side will pay.

Despite cuts being talked about in places like Waynesboro and Augusta County, Nick Swayne, the chairman of the Harrisonburg City School Board, said because of the city having more students, there will be more money next year.

"We're seeing a continual increase in the amount of students, which means more teachers, more classrooms. There's also a new debate going around about the new school. When you're increasing enrollments, your budget goes up, but your state aid also goes up because it's based on student enrollment," said Nick Swayne, the chairman of the Harrisonburg School Board.

The school board meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. Thursday. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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