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Study over school study continues in Halifax County

Halifax County School Board members will meet at 1 p.m. today in the School Board Office Conference Room for a special called meeting to hear a presentation from Virginia Association of School Superintendents (VASS) from Bob McCracken and Bonny Wilson.

During a previous school board meeting, Virginia Department of Planning and Budget (DPB) Associate Director John Ringer explained the efficiency review program to board members, saying a study could possibly be conducted in the Halifax County School Division during school year 2011-2012.

Studies are conducted on a first-come, first-serve basis, and currently seven school divisions ahead of Halifax County, he said.

Two of the school divisions ahead of Halifax County, Staunton and Washington County, are not in the position to have efficiency studies conducted any time soon, Ringer added.

Ringer explained DPB hires consulting firms to conduct the actual studies in the school system. The local school system pays 25 percent of the cost with the remaining cost paid by DPB with funds provided by the General Assembly. The average cost of the most recent two studies was $110,000 per study, with the school division paying one-fourth of the cost, he added.

The review begins about the time school begins for the year and concludes with the final report of recommendations to the school board in March, Ringer said. The total savings for all 34 reviews to date total $40,391,697 with the average annual savings per review of $1,154,048, he explained.

At the conclusion of the VASS presentation today, school board members will continue discussion related to the 2010-2015 strategic plan including its goals, objectives and strategies.

A goal setting committee was established on Aug. 13 and consisted of ED-5 Dr. Roger Long, ED-4 Joe Gasperini, ED-3 Kim Farson and ED-2 Karen Hopkins.

The committee met Aug. 20 and made changes to some of the objectives and strategies. The board is expected to adopt the 2010-2015 Halifax County School Board Strategic Plan during today’s meeting.