Budget town hall meetings set

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The Chesterfield County School Board has scheduled five community town hall meetings to discuss and receive community input on the Superintendent’s proposed FY 2020 operating budget.

During the next month, the School Board will review the budget, host community meetings and potentially make changes before submitting an approved budget to the Board of Supervisors. Community members are invited to learn more about the Superintendent’s proposal. Town hall budget meetings will be held:

  • Jan. 28 at 6:30 p.m.: Matoaca District at Matoaca Middle East Campus, 6001 Hickory Road
  • Jan. 31 at 7 p.m.: Bermuda District at Thomas Dale High, 3626 W. Hundred Road
  • Jan. 31 at 7 p.m.: Dale District at Meadowbrook High, 4901 Cogbill Road
  • Feb. 6 at 7 p.m.: Midlothian District at James River High, 3700 James River Road
  • Feb. 7 at 6 p.m.: Clover Hill District at Clover Hill High, 13301 Kelly Green Lane

The $672.2 proposed funding plan would maintain the overall academic and operational aspects of one of the largest businesses in the Richmond area during the 2019-20 school year. Specifically, the plan would

  • Align resources to strategic plan goals and objectives
  • Support current instructional programs and continued differentiation of academic resources
  • Continue efforts to reward Team Chesterfield staff with a competitive compensation/benefits package
  • Provide additional mental health supports for students
  • Address the needs of an increasing student enrollment
  • Sustain the continued replacement of older buses; and
  • Address major maintenance and five-year plan initiatives.

Superintendent Dr. Merv Daugherty’s proposal includes an anticipated $17.5 million increase from the adopted FY 2019 operating budget. However, there are many needs left unfunded once a 3 percent salary increase ($12.9 million investment in staff) is taken into account. Specifically, there is limited funding to support the community-identified recommendations put forth by the School Board’s School Safety Task Force or the school division’s Equity Committee. There also is limited new funding available to immediately address the major maintenance items recently identified in the Facility Condition Assessment report. In addition to the community town halls, the School Board will host a public hearing on the proposed operating budget and the proposal Capital Improvements Plan at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 12. That meeting will occur in the Public Meeting Room, located at 10001 Iron Bridge Road.

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