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Prince William County Schools Sounds Alarm on Budget Rate Cut

Millions lost over five years with rate approved by Prince William County Supervisors on Tuesday.

Prince William County Schools will lose $1.3 million next year after the Board of County Supervisors lowered its projected rate increase for county tax bills, according to a district statement.

Prince William County staff and the school district developed budgets that assumed an average tax bill increase of 4 percent for residential property owners. On Tuesday, the Supervisors cut the maximum rate increase that they would accept to 3.53 percent. That is an average tax rate of $1.196 per $100 of assessed value.

Read more about the Board of Supervisors budget vote

On Wednesday morning, the district issued a statement on its website noting that will mean a budget shortfall of $1.3 million next year and up to $20 million in lost revenue over the next five years.

"The reduction requires cuts in the proposed budget and shrinks the plan ultimately approved by the Prince William County School Board," according to the statement. "With lower revenues, overall per pupil spending and other expenditures detailed in the proposed budget will decline."

According to the district, the budget approved by the school board: 

  • Maintained educational programs and services
  • Anticipated nearly 2,100 new students
  • Funded extensive school construction, expansion, and repairs
  • Provided employee raises, with no anticipated layoffs
  • Faced an uncertain fate due to county/state funding questions. 
Wanda Carter February 21, 2013 at 12:27 AM
No pool for Walts, and Johns. Maybe they will now spend money on the students, teachers, and schools the way it is supposed to be used.
Jessica Harvey February 21, 2013 at 12:39 PM
Maybe the county could start promoting homeschooling as a viable option since it savessomuch money and the students tend to perform better anyway.
Jessica Harvey February 21, 2013 at 12:43 PM
Just to clarify, the schools are still getting more money than they were last year, just $1.3 million less than they expected to get.
Kevin M. Raymond February 21, 2013 at 01:41 PM
Jessica.........I understand the schools also have 3,000 more students coming in next year. Also, i dont believe that home schooling saves that much money. Yes, it costs about $10,000 per year per student based on the 5,000+ staff and 85,000+ students in 80+ buildings. When several hundred students spread across the County are homeschooled, this does not appreciably reduce the number of staff and school buildings. Also, it would be interesting to see the numbers as to whether homesschooled kids do better academically than those taught in the schools.
Jessica Harvey February 21, 2013 at 01:59 PM
Here is an amalgamation of some studies but you'd have to follow the source to read the full studies. I know my comment was snarky, but everyone - starting with families - are tightening their budgets. Federal workers, for comparison, are getting the first pay raise in three years of .05%. And yet food, taxes, and all other expenses are automatically being raised by 3-4%. I don't have a lot of sympathy for the public school. The article cites that they are expected 2,100 students. http://www.pros-and-cons-of-homeschooling.com/homeschooling-vs-public-schools.html
Kevin M. Raymond February 21, 2013 at 02:08 PM
Thank you Jessica..........it would be helpful to see any studies that have more "objectivity".. These types of studies do tend to protect their own turf whether it be by the homeschool lobby or the public school lobby!!
Jessica Harvey February 21, 2013 at 02:20 PM
The difference is that homeschoolers aren't costing us any money!!
Kevin M. Raymond February 21, 2013 at 06:21 PM
Their homeschool status does not save any appreciable amount of money either!!!
Our Schools March 12, 2013 at 03:29 PM
Prince William County Schools can't afford a pool at a school. No pools for schools. Education before Recreation http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/reduce-class-sizes-no-pools-in-schools/

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