Washington Co. BOE hears concerns about special education during budget hearing
While revenue questions remain, the Washington County Board of Education’s proposed budget for the next fiscal year generally has reviewed positive reviews as a fiscally conservative plan that addresses a changing county demographic.
State revenue figures expected to be available in the coming days will go a long way in determining how much the school board will need to request from county government above required funding levels to help fill a $5 million gap in its nearly $276 million spending plan.
“We continue to believe the BOE has acted responsibly with the funds entrusted to it,” said Steve Hummel, chairman of the school board’s Budget Advocacy and Review Committee.
Hummel went before the seven-member school board Tuesday night to provide feedback on the budget and recommend that the Washington County Board of Commissioners consider funding any deficit remaining after state funds are factored.
“We need the county commissioners to fund any future deficiency that remains after the state amount,” he said, noting that the county commissioners need to continue investing in education “for the future of our county.”