Leesburg, VA (October 12, 2016) – Coming up with a list of funding priorities posed a divisive task for Loudoun County School Board members tonight.
The 79,000-student school system may get a portion of county funds left over from fiscal year 2016 should the county Board of Supervisors agree to share some of its fund balance.
As the School Board began to draft its funding wish list at tonight’s meeting, the agenda item turned into a debate among board members over whether replacing outdated textbooks or retrofitting Heritage High School with an artificial turf field should take precedence.
The priorities recommended by senior staff members were, in order: 60 new buses ($7.2 million); technology infrastructure ($2.05 million), including replacing 60 aging servers; bus wash equipment ($200,000); synthetic turf at Heritage ($1.9 million); and the installation of school tracks at 19 schools ($12.775 million). Other suggestions for the money that were not prioritized included weight rooms at Dominion, Heritage and Potomac Falls high schools; press boxes at five high schools; and artificial turf at the only other high schools still with natural grass fields, Briar Woods, Dominion and Freedom.
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Danielle Nadler, LoudounNow