Katie Thisdell reports on news from Stafford County. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 540/735-1975.
Supervisors to School Board: BFFs?
Stafford County supervisors had a change of heart at last night’s meeting. After initially voting to not release any of the 7% mid-year budget hold-back to the school system, they reconsidered the vote and decided unanimously to release 4% to the schools. That amounts to about $4 million of the $7 million that was held back pending a mid-year review.
Supervisors balked at releasing the entire 7% because they wanted a more detailed account of why the School Board needs it. School Board Chairman Patricia Healy did send a letter to the supervisors yesterday with some detail, but some supervisors wanted more information and more cooperation.
They took the re-vote as an opportunity to chastise the School Board, and to suggest School Board members reconsider their decision to dissolve a joint committee between the two elected boards.
“We are interested in making sure we continue the relationship with the School Board,” Supervisor Susan Stimpson said.
Supervisors Mark Dudenhefer and Gary Snellings both said they were not happy with the way the School Board handled the situation.
“I did not feel the School Board had met us halfway,” Snellings said. “They have to have a willingness to work very closely with us.”