Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

November 18, 2013

Tazewell County school officials getting jump on finances

By ANNE ELGIN
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

TAZEWELL, Va. — Tazewell County officials are hoping to begin an early discussion on school funding for 2014.

A motion was made and passed unanimously during a meeting of the county Board of Supervisors last week to request an early school funding discussion, Mike Hymes, the Southern District board member said.

“Budget issues are always unpleasant to discuss, so we are hoping by starting the process early in January we will be able to explore all of our options before it gets to late,” Charles Stacy, the board’s Eastern District supervisor, added.

Stacy said officials hope both boards will designate their budget committees early.

“A lot of discussion and work will take place January through June to start to put together a budget request,” Stacy said.

Tazewell County School Superintendent Dr. Michaelene Meyer added, “I think this is fantastic. My board and I are looking forward to working with the Board of Supervisors to help better the education.”

Over the last several years state funding has been flat and federal funding has been decreasing, putting enormous stress on the county budget, Hymes said.

“If nothing else, it put us back to where we were before you cut the budget,” Meyer said.

— Contact Anne Elgin at aelgin@bdtonline.com