Albemarle Schools Attempt to Resolve Budget Shortfall

Albemarle schools were initially facing a $1.2 two million shortfall. Supervisors agreed to raise the county tax rate by four-tenths of a cent to cover half of that, which means schools still have to slash $600,000 by the end of the month. Full Story
Albemarle County Resident

Charlottesville, VA

#1 Apr 11, 2013
Cut some of the high salary personnel in the County Office Building would be a good start!
Weasels

Scottsville, VA

#2 Apr 12, 2013
Albemarle County Resident wrote:
Cut some of the high salary personnel in the County Office Building would be a good start!
Are you implying a school system doesn't a CIO or COO like a business? I think when the schools start showing a profit, then they need them. Moran is running the schools like a business and considers taxpayer education money her profit.
Sarg

Charlottesville, VA

#3 Apr 12, 2013
"Budget cut" meaning they didn't get all the money they asked for (Liberal-speak 101).Thank God the Board of Supervisors, not the School Board, sets the tax rate.)
cut

Charlottesville, VA

#4 Apr 12, 2013
Why not cut teacher pay? They are just part time anyway and do a lousy job at that!
Adam

Charlottesville, VA

#5 Apr 12, 2013
Schools cannot pull any more money from their reserve fund; they have already planned to spend $2.6 million of it.<<<<

Plans can be changed.
Gru

Charlottesville, VA

#6 Apr 12, 2013
Here's a thought -- Diesel is $4 a gallon (and going up). How much diesel does a school bus burn when the driver drives that bus from her home -- in Greene Co.-- runs a route in Albemarle -- comes back home to Greene mid-morning, then RETURNS to Albemarle for the afternoon run, and then goes back home to Greene, again.

EVERY DAY?!

Bus 155 with "Albemarle County Public Schools" emblazoned on the sides of it -- parked in a Greene Co. driveway. Might not be much -- but it's a start, and also clearly shows the waste.
Josh Davis

Charlottesville, VA

#7 Apr 12, 2013
Gru - Every bus route and their overnight and parking location are analyzed. Bus 155 serves students in the Earlysville/Dyke areas of the county that attend Broadus Wood Elementary, Jouett Middle and Albemarle High Schools. The first bus stop in the morning is about 3 miles from the drivers home, and the last stop in the afternoon is about 7 miles from the driver's home. An alternative parking location (i.e. Broadua Wood Elementary School) would yield no mileage savings. The Transportation Department is spending more than $1 million per year less than it did than 4 years ago, and costs have decreased each of the last four years. Diesel consumption has decreased by 20% - quite an accomplishment.
Wren

Charlottesville, VA

#8 Apr 12, 2013
"Plans to hire six additional staff members may also be on hold, saving the schools another $410,000"
410,000 / 6 =$68,333 average
BINGO !! There's your problem !
Bologna Streets

Charlottesville, VA

#9 Apr 13, 2013
Wren wrote:
"Plans to hire six additional staff members may also be on hold, saving the schools another $410,000" 410,000 / 6 =$68,333 average
BINGO !! There's your problem !
you do the math
vacation, sick leave, insurance, medical, dental, training
paying 1/2 social security tax

I'm thinking you weren't burdened with an overabundance of schooling.

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