City Schools’ Funds Edge Up

Superintendent Makes Slight Budget Changes

Posted: March 9, 2013

HARRISONBURG — The budget approved by the General Assembly two weeks ago is looking better for Harrisonburg City Schools than the one Gov. Bob McDonnell proposed in December.
 
While still subject to amendments by the governor, Superintendent Scott Kizner told the Harrisonburg City School Board during its regular meeting this week that the assembly’s version of the budget includes nearly $80,000 more for the division.
 
The division will use the expected additional revenue for after-school and preschool programs.
 
Kizner said two grants funding after-school programs are likely to discontinue next year, so about $50,000 of the additional revenue would help cover that expense. The rest of the money is earmarked for preschool.
 
The division is mulling over a proposed $59.5 million spending plan for fiscal 2014. The fiscal year begins July 1.
 
During his brief budget presentation to the board on Monday, Kizner also explained that because of sequestration — the automatic federal budget cuts that will begin to affect education next school year — the division will ask Harrisonburg City Council to pick up the cost of two positions.
 
Following Kizner’s updates, the public was invited to comment on the proposed spending plan during a budget hearing, but no one spoke.
 
Information about planned capital expenses for next year was given at the meeting during a separate presentation by Craig Mackail, the division’s executive director of maintenance, operations and community outreach.
 
Planned expenditures include two trailers, which will cost about $70,000 and would likely be placed at Waterman Elementary School for prekindergarten classes, and a new $34,000 maintenance truck. The division also is considering buying a new mower for the high school at a cost of $24,900.
 
Contact Emily Sharrer at 574-6286 or esharrer@dnronline.com



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