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Jeff Branscome writes about Spotsylvania County schools. You can email him at jbranscome@freelancestar.com.

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Board to consider resolution urging governor to share state surplus with schools

UPDATE: The board approved this unanimously during tonight’s meeting.

Board chairman Gil Seaux said of the state’s leaders: “It does not make sense that when we say education is the priority and when we have a chance to put money in, we put zero.”

The Spotsylvania School Board tonight is scheduled to consider approving a resolution that would encourage Gov. Bob McDonnell to use some of the state’s funding surplus to assist schools across the state.

School divisions have faced dramatic cuts the past three years amid the nation’s economic downturn. Below is the background information Superintendent Shelley K. Redinger and Board Chairman Gil Seaux provided the board, based on guidance from the Virginia School Boards Assocation.

“The VSBA Board of Directors, during a meeting on September 9, approved a resolution in support of public education which specifically requests that the Governor allocate a fair share of the $544.8 million in FY 2011 budget surplus to K-12 public education in an effort to begin to restore funds cut from K-12 public education during fiscal years 2009, 2010, and 2011.  The VSBA Board encourages each local Board to consider adopting a similar version and forwarding it to the Governor as well. ”

The board meets at 6:30 p.m. tonight at the School Board Administration Building, 8020 River Stone Drive, across from Massaponax High School.

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