Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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May 8, 2014

Tazewell schools facing $1.7 million budget shortfall

TAZEWELL — School officials in Tazewell County are facing a $1.7 million budget shortfall.

The county Board of Supervisors has approved $13,506,060 in local funding for the school system, but that still leaves the school system $1,715,572 short.

The school board asked for $15,221,632 in the local funding request. The board of supervisors approved $13,506,060 at a meeting Tuesday.

“The school board budget is based on an assumption that the state budget will give the school board the same level of funding they received last year,” Southern District board member Mike Hymes said. “The General Assembly has not issued a budget at this point so we are not sure what the funding level will be for the school year, so we will need to revisit the budget once the General Assembly issues their final budget,”

The motion was passed with a local funding level of $13,506,060.

“I am sure this funding level will be discussed again at our June budget hearing. I want to support the teacher and the school system because without an educated and  trained work force economic development is extremely difficult,” Hymes said.

When the supervisors meet in June more information should be available about state funding.

“The board of supervisors came as close as they could to meeting the funding request from the school board,” H.S. Caudill, the school board’s Southern District member, said. “Hopefully we will know a little more come June. I don’t think there is too much to worry about right now, but if the shortfall is not met then we could be in trouble.”

— Contact Anne Elgin at aelgin@bdtonline.com

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