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Archived from 2008.
  1. County's shortfall looking worse 
    The Albemarle County Board of Supervisors already knew the situation was bad - but new budget shortfall projections indicate the county's financial situation is even worse. County staff on Friday projected a $4.9 million budget shortfall, up from $4.1 million estimate made in early September. “It's gone up in the wrong direction, county spokeswoman Lee Catlin said. County officials have been trying to formulate scenarios where the budget shortfall for fiscal 2010 could be reduced. The shortfall has changed the way both the Board of Supervisors and the School Board approach the budget process. The School Board will consider Moran's plan as a basis for a budget request that will be sent to the Board of Supervisors. “It's not a good situation, School Board member Pamela Moynihan said in an interview.
    Charlottesville Daily Progress - Oct 25, 2008
  2. Teachers may not see pay increase 
    The Board of Supervisors and School Board held a joint meeting Wednesday afternoon that went into the evening, but no action was taken to accept any assumptions about future budget figures. They'll meet again in a month or so. “Today was not about answers, School Board Chairman Brian Wheeler said. “It was about the challenges we face. Schools Superintendent Pamela Moran is expected to give a funding request later this year for the School Board to review. Board members ultimately will present the school division's funding request to the Board of Supervisors. Wheeler said failing to increase teacher salaries is not a reasonable way to help solve the budget dilemma. The local government and school division are already trying to bridge a roughly $4 million funding gap for this fiscal year.
    Charlottesville Daily Progress - Oct 1, 2008
  3. County considers teacher merit pay 
    Albemarle County school officials are trying to answer a question often asked: Should better teachers be paid more? Some models would give teachers bonus pay for gains in student learning, while others would grant bonuses for teaching in high-poverty schools or in subject areas that are hard to staff. Steven Gissendanner, the president of the Albemarle Education Association, said that the school division is not pushing for a new compensation scale as part of next year's budget, because it's a long-term consideration that requires extensive research. If the schools do eventually adopt a contribution compensation scale, it likely will not happen for at least two budget cycles, said Gissendanner, a member of the task force.
    Charlottesville Daily Progress - Sep 25, 2008
  4. Kaine says school cuts may wait a year 
    Kaine says school cuts may wait a year. AP) _ Governor Tim Kaine says cuts to state agencies could range from 2 percent for some to 20 percent for others, but the cuts to schools will probably be delayed to next year. On his monthly radio call-in show on WRVA and the Virginia News Network, Kaine said every line item in the two-year, $77 billion budget is subject to cuts, including layoffs. Virginia's budget faces a possible shortfall of nearly $3 billion. But because it's tough to cut school costs once an academic year has started, education cuts may be done next fall.
    Charlottesville Daily Progress - Sep 25, 2008
  5. Albemarle schools 'excellent' overall, but official says some need to fix gaps 
    Albemarle County schools can close “unacceptable achievement gaps by shifting how officials evaluate student success, the executive director of school and division improvement hopes. “We are not going to close the achievement gap unless we [analyze student achievement] school by school, Luvelle Brown told the School Board late Thursday. In the past, school officials have presented the School Board and school leadership teams, such as principals, figures comparing student achievement at individual schools with that of the entire school division. But the analysis of student achievement in the 2007-08 school year is being expanded so that school leaders can better target trouble areas.  For example, the English standardized test scores for economically disadvantaged students vary significantly among schools - even among schools that have similar percentages of economically disadvantaged students. Brown and Bruce Benson, Albemarle's assistant superintendent for student learning, presented the School Board statistics showing student achievement broken down by individual schools, student sub-populations and subject, and comparisons among schools. As for dealing with a projected $2.4 million shortfall in the school budget, cuts are being be made as far away from the classroom as possible, Brown said.
    Charlottesville Daily Progress - Sep 12, 2008
  6. Brown and Bruce Benson, Albemarle's assistant superintendent for student learning, presented the School Board statistics showing student achievement broken down into individual schools, student sub-populations and subject. In the past, Brown said, school officials have presented the board and school administrators figures showing student achievement primarily for the entire division. As a whole, the school division has done well, but there are specific areas where schools need improvement, Brown said. Blacks and economically disadvantaged students show the greatest need for improvement, Brown said.  Brown said he's confident passing rates will increase this school year, despite a looming budget shortfall, which he hopes will have minimal effects on student learning. Because of the weak economy, Albemarle schools face a projected $2.4 million budget shortfall this year.
    Charlottesville Daily Progress - Sep 11, 2008
  7. County ponders looming budget gap 
    Albemarle officials on Wednesday confronted the county's projected $4.1 million budget deficit, but could only guess how the shortfall in the state budget could worsen Albemarle's financial crisis. Tucker said experts project the state's budget shortfall will be at least $1 billion. The school system's current budget is $151.3 million, while the county's totals $334.7 million. School officials said they are trying to make cuts that are as far away from the classroom as possible. The Board of Supervisors and School Board will have a joint meeting Oct. 1 to discuss the projected shortfall.
    Charlottesville Daily Progress - Sep 10, 2008