Prince William County could have “a fundamentally different school system” if a proposal to hold real-estate tax bills at the rate of inflation is approved, a move that could trigger up to $20 million in cuts next school year, School Board Chairman Milt Johns says.
The school board won’t discuss particulars until Feb. 4, but to brace for what Johns calls an “unplanned and dramatic revenue cut,” he’s asking board members to consider discretionary spending cuts to absorb a loss of about $11 million in expected revenue. At the same time, he wants to maintain a planned pay scale “step increase” for teachers, costing about $8 million, and a $1 million plan to reduce class sizes in one grade level.
Johns is asking the board to find savings in three areas: full-day kindergarten programs at non-Title I schools; bus service to middle and high school specialty programs and construction and renovation projects planned to begin in fiscal year 2016.
None are cuts Johns would advise, but they are the few large-ticket items that can be reduced to find significant savings in the division’s budget.
I have a plan. PWC needs to stop going on the cheap. They attempt it again and again. That’s how we get in these pickles to start with. There cannot be a supervisors meeting without Pete Candland piping up and trying to “reform” us. In December, he proposed to disregard the 5 year plan and hold revenue increases to 1.3%. As it stands, the budget guidance is once again going on the cheap.
Pete and his sidekick are only 2 people. Why did three other irresponsible people chose to support cheap again? I don’t like paying taxes either. In a perfect world. I would get really good services for nothing. As it turns out, that isn’t how things work. If I want decent services commensurate with Northern Virginia standards, I am going to have to cough up some money.