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Efficiency Study Q&A Set Tonight

The Halifax County School Board has scheduled a work session tonight as part of its end of the fiscal year meeting to authorize the payment of any outstanding bills. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. in the school board office conference room on the first floor of the Mary Bethune Office Complex. During the work session, the board is expected to hear information from John Ringer of the Virginia Department for Planning and Budget (DPB) on a proposed division-wide efficiency study.

At its May meeting, the board approved a motion by Dr. Roger Long, chairman of the board’s efficiency study committee, to begin the process of conducting a review that could cost the school division between $20,000 and $30,000.

Long recommended the school system explore an efficiency study through the Virginia Department of Planning and Budget with the local school system paying 25 percent and the DPB picking up the remaining portion of the review costs.

The DPB states, “Gi en the costs of previous reviews, this portion of the financial obligation may be in the range of $20,000-$30,000. This amount is determined at the time of the contract.”

Also, if the school division does not initiate at least half of the recommendations in the review, the school division would pay another 25 percent of the costs, according to the DPB.

Ringer is slated to provide the board with additional information and answer questions about the efficiency study.

Under the new business portion of the agenda, Executive Director of Federal Programs Valdivia Marshall is expected to seek the board’s approval to submit the school system’s application for federal funds for the 2010-2011 year.

Chief Financial Officer Bill Covington is scheduled to present the list of outstanding bills to the board for its approval prior to the work session.