F.C. School Board Resolves Added $215K in Cuts Won’t Hurt Classrooms

May 1, 2014 8:16 PM3 comments
Photo: News-Press

Photo: News-Press

Following the final adoption by the Falls Church City Council of its FY15 budget Monday that included a $215,000 reduction in the request for the City Schools, the F.C. School Board met tonight to jump right away on where the commensurate cuts would come from in the budget for the coming year. Superintendent Dr. Toni Jones provided the overview for the board to consider, including that the cuts so not jeopardize class sizes or staff salaries, and that the contingency (at only $250k as it is) be kept as high as possible.

Working from these parameters, the board tentatively decided to delay for a year the purchase of a new school bus (saving $90k), reducing the contingency from $250k to $174k, and reducing the budget for facilities, including building repairs, by $50k.

The package will be formally voted on at the School Board’s next business meeting on Tuesday.




  • Some people may be offended to see the 10% increase in the budget of the school system described as a “215K Cut” as this headline suggests but I am sure everyone is glad to see that it will not have an adverse impact in the classroom.

    • Mike Smith

      You are correct, the correct (but unlikely) headline is “Schools receive slightly less than the huge increase they asked for.” It is interesting that before the budget was passed any reduction in the increase would be a disaster, but afterwards it is no big deal.

  • TeddyRutledge

    Why aren’t any FCCPS Blue Ribbon Schools? St James is! It’s most difficult trying to work with children at home when all they are given are photocopied papers (second grader) to complete anytime during the week. No boundaries, no workbooks, just references to a website for math homework.

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