IWCS to ask for $54.4 million

Published 10:42 am Friday, February 19, 2016

Isle of Wight County Schools Superintendent Dr. James Thornton figures that $54,403,019 will be needed for fiscal year 2016-2017, which is a $1.8 million increase from the current $52.5 million budget. Technology and transportation needs have the largest increases of $2.09 million (five percent) and $3.62 million (10 percent), respectively.

Among his five budget goals are promoting student personal growth so each can become a responsible, contributing citizen; and promoting organizational efficiency and professionalism. Also, included in the key points is the recognition that not everything can be funded, and not everything can be funded at existing levels.

Thornton noted that state revenues of $27.92 million are based on Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s proposed state budget, which was presented in mid-December. That’s still pending action from the General Assembly.

Going back to the technology and transportation matter, the increases would go for laptops, maintenance, bus drivers and a new bus lease.

Per instructional services, he pointed out that budget increases would go toward professional development, which ideally should be year around, as well athletics and instructional coaches.

In addition to whatever support can come from the state or federal governments, the school division is also looking to the Board of Supervisors.

“A four percent increase from our local government is needed to make budget,” Thornton said. “We’re not taking for pie-in-the-sky funding, only what we need.”

A public hearing is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 25, at 6:30 p.m. in Georgie D. Tyler Middle School.