Rockingham County School Budget Up for Final Approval

By: Todd Corillo Email
By: Todd Corillo Email

The Rockingham County Schools budget for fiscal year 2013 goes before the Board of Supervisors for final approval tonight.

The $112.9 budget approved Monday night by the school board includes a $50 million request from the county.

That is actually less than what they previously requested from the Board of Supervisors because the state is providing increased revenue to cover a hike in the mandatory Virginia Retirement System contributions.

The budget also allocates money to hire nine additional teaching positions to alleviate overcrowding in county schools.

Cheryl Mast, Director of Finance for the Division, says the money to cover those salaries comes from a change in life insurance funding.

"What the board decided was not to cover the employee portion of group life," Mast said. "It was already in the budget as an expense, but it was under the group life to cover for employees. We took that out and we moved it down to hire additional people to help with class size."

Mast says the fact that positions will be added to the county schools at a time when other divisions are making steep cuts is a rewarding feeling.

"We feel really good about the fact that we not only maintained but be able to help reduce our class size which has gotten a little bit larger over the past few years because we were cutting positions. So it enabled us to put more back into that," Mast explained.

Mast says she expects the Rockingham County Board of Supervisors to approve the school budget when they meet tonight.


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