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Despite not having final state numbers, school board OKs budget

Halifax County School Board members approved the 2012-13 proposed budget Friday night during its final budget work session solely working with the governor’s budget figures.

The $34,181,227 budget was approved by a 7-1 vote with ED-3 trustee Kimberly Farson casting the lone dissenting vote.

The board has been working with only the governor’s figures since December after the General Assembly failed to pass a state budget during its regular session.

According to Superintendent Paul Stapleton, school officials hope to have final numbers by the end of this week.

However according to the code of 
Virginia, the school board is required to approve a budget for school operations no later than April 1 and submit it to the board of supervisors for their approval no later than May 1.

“I don’t think that’s a problem for you right now. I checked today, and the county has set their tax rate, and at this point the school is level funded for the upcoming year (at $12.9 million), and as far as local funding I think we have those questions answered,” said Stapleton.

Chief Financial Officer Bill Covington informed board members the budget document hadn’t changed much since the last budget work session.

“I think we can move forward now as a board and report to you all at a later date if we need to make any minor adjustments,” said Covington.

Board members then convened for closed session where they discussed personnel issues.

When board members emerged, they approved the budget.