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Redinger’s request for more funding from county is rebuffed

Spotsylvania County schools Superintendent Shelley K. Redinger spoke to County Administrator Doug Barnes and sent him a memo yesterday, asking that the school division receive more than level funding for the 2012-13 school year.

That request apparently landed with a thud in the Board of Supervisors chamber last night.

Barnes said this morning that the Board of Supervisors gave no indication it wants to give the schools more than the level funding it’s currently slated to provide in its budget. As a result, he’s moving ahead with final preparations for the budget using that amount. The supervisors are slated to approve their budget on Tuesday.

The School Board will hold a work session on Monday at 5:30 to try to come up with a way to cover the $2.1 million more-than-expected health insurance premiums for fiscal 2013.

The school division had crafted its budget on the expectation of a 10 percent hike in health insurance premiums for the coming school  year. However, Redinger said in her memo that the rise in premiums to 17.3 percent was prompted by a 63 percent rise from the previous year in health claims over $25,000.

The school division is self-funded.

On Monday, the School Board will also be faced with addressing the latest maneuvers out of Richmond on the state retirement plan regarding who must be making the contributions – employees or employers.

Redinger is currently in Spokane, Wash., where today she is scheduled to meet with members of the community, staff with the Spokane Public Schools division and that division’s board of directors.

Redinger is one of two finalists to become the next Spokane superintendent. The other finalist goes through the same final interviewing phase on Thursday.

Redinger was not job-hunting but agreed to consider the move because of serious health issues among family members who live in Washington state. She is a native of Washington and views the Spokane district as a great job. Spokane has the second largest school division in Washington. It has a slightly larger enrollment than Spotsylvania.