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School budget meetings planned

Middlesex County School board members have agreed to hold community meetings in each district to give citizens an opportunity to discuss concerns over the proposed 2009-10 (FY10) county school budget.

The state has informed local school officials that $553,000 in state funds will be cut in FY10. Last year, the county lost $700,000 in state funds because of changes to the State Composite Index—the formula used to determine how much basic state school aid each school system receives.

Jamaica District school board member Elliott Reed will hold a community meeting on Thursday, Jan. 29, at 7 p.m. at Hermitage Baptist Church in Church View. Refreshments will be served and Reed requests that those who plan to attend RSVP to 804-241-4858 to give him an idea of how many people will attend.

County administrator Charles Culley, Jamaica District supervisor Wayne Jessie, school superintendent Rusty Fairheart and Reed will be at the meeting to answer questions from students, parents and concerned citizens.

School board members from Pinetop and Saluda districts also will hold similar meetings in their districts. The Pinetop meeting will be at 7 p.m. on Feb. 2 in the DCA building. The Saluda meeting has not been set.

posted 01.22.2009

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