The latest Essex County School Board meeting saw community members express concerns over security at the schools and the possible lack of information on their website. A student from Essex High School, Sydney Ross, spoke to lay out her problems with online courses; the Edgenuity Spanish courses in particular. The section involving students presenting to the board for Arts in our Schools month was canceled due to after-school activities for students being canceled.
Essex County Public Schools Superintendent Scott Burckbuchler informed the board that he is monitoring the Virginia legislature closely as they have not managed to agree on a budget yet for the coming year. In addition, that the county would possibly increase its funding for the school system by $13,000.
The school board passed the budget unanimously, which means it moved on to the Essex County Board of Supervisors. Time to dig into the meat of the budget.
The immediate overview of the budget is that the school is required to present a balanced budget to the county, meaning revenue sources match the money the school will spend. The School Board budget hits a total of $17,074,468 with $8,457,913 or 49.5 percent, from the state of Virginia and $8,519,055 or 49.9 percent from local funds and $97,500 from other sources.
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