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Spotsy School Board considering turning down state salary money

The Spotsylvania School Board at a recent work session was giving consideration to turning down the state funding toward a 2 percent raise that provides funding for only some positions.

The funding would only be provided for Fiscal 2014, which begins July 1.

At the Friday session, board member Gil Seaux called it “entrapment” and colleague Jim Meyer called it a “Trojan horse.”

Meyer asked if the division could turn down  the state funds and Chief Financial Officer LaShahn Gaines said it could.

Gaines said some school divisions are turning down that money.

To give all staff a 2 percent raise, it would cost $3.2 million. The state is only providing $1.2 million of the cost, leaving the county to pick up the remaining $2 million.

The board is considering what options it can pursue.