HARRISONBURG, Va. -- Organizers for Harrisonburg City Schools are asking for more money.
Superintendent Doctor Scott Kizner said they also need money to pay for teacher salaries.
They are asking for 2.5 % more than they did last year.
Dr. Kizner said they are expanding stem programs, increasing enrollment and adding teachers.
They also have to pay for the rising cost of helath insurance.
Dr. Kizner said that they added two elementary school teachers as well as a high school teacher.
Health insurance has also increased by 15 % which equates to $ 600,000.
Dr. Kizner said they will also be providing a 2 % raise to teachers.
Harrisonburg City Schools asked for 1.7 million more dollars for the school budget.
In total, they are asking for more than $20 million.
They will keep $849,000 of that and will be returning $900,000.
Dr. Kizner said this isn't the first time they've done that.
"We have that extra money that is tied to our enrollment, so as our enrollment increases the state gives us additional money...reserve the money for future deeds."
Dr. Kizner said the kids are an investment for the future.
The school's budget is a total of $ 59,756,011.
They will also be putting money into improving buildings with heating and air.
Plus, they are putting money toward two new modular units for the pre-school program.
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