Debt pay-off for gyms gives schools more $

Nottoway County’s school budget process “isn’t as transparent as it should be,” citizen Sonny Abbott told the Board of Supervisors last Thursday night.

Abbott pointed out that the School Board, in its 2018-19 proposed budget, requested no additional local money from the County but is still able next year to award 1% pay raises and step increases to all division employees.

That’s because the division has completely paid-off its debt from building three new elementary school gyms several years ago.

“Unfortunately,” Abbott complained, “not one question was raised when the Superintendent indicated a raise and step increase were included in their proposed budget. A raise and step increase are good news. I’m just wondering why no one wanted to know where the $238,000 came from, within their budget framework, to fund the increases. A total of $338,000 is needed for those increases -- $100,000 from paying-off the gyms and $238,000 from unknown line items.”


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