F.C. School Board Resolves Added $215K in Cuts Won’t Hurt Classrooms

Photo: News-Press
Photo: News-Press

Following the final adoption by the Falls Church City Council of its FY15 budget Monday that included a $215,000 reduction in the request for the City Schools, the F.C. School Board met tonight to jump right away on where the commensurate cuts would come from in the budget for the coming year. Superintendent Dr. Toni Jones provided the overview for the board to consider, including that the cuts so not jeopardize class sizes or staff salaries, and that the contingency (at only $250k as it is) be kept as high as possible.

Working from these parameters, the board tentatively decided to delay for a year the purchase of a new school bus (saving $90k), reducing the contingency from $250k to $174k, and reducing the budget for facilities, including building repairs, by $50k.

The package will be formally voted on at the School Board’s next business meeting on Tuesday.