Survey asks parents, teachers for funding input

The Shenandoah Valley-Herald

WOODSTOCK — Shenandoah County Public Schools has turned to residents for their opinions on school finances in light of expected belt-tightening next school year.

The division sent a survey to parents, teachers and other county residents on May 2 asking what schools can do to save money. The survey was a response to the fiscal 2017 budget that the Board of Supervisors passed last month.

The budget provides no increase in operating funds from the $25.1 million schools received this fiscal year. The division had requested $27.7 million for operations earlier this year.

The survey response period ended on Tuesday. Superintendent Jeremy Raley said he doesn’t know how many people responded, but that answers tallied so far have suggested various ways to cut spending.

“We got a variety of different responses from parents, teachers and members of the community,” he said. “They touched on different topics, from extracurriculars to instruction. We’re going to review the responses and determine whether there are any ideas in them that can be implemented.”

Some responses have described which programs need more funding, not less, which Raley called “unexpected.”

Raley said the division will provide a summary of survey results to the School Board during its budget work session on Tuesday.

While the division is expected to receive an extra $1 million from the state for next school year, it won’t be enough to cover the $3.6 million in extra funding the division had asked for.

“The School Board has to make some very difficult decisions,” Raley said. “Multiple needs will go unfunded. Many of them have been unfunded for three years.”

School initiatives facing cuts include the hiring of an additional school nurse, the purchase of new textbooks and updates to schools’ wireless network infrastructure.

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