Volusia School Board pulls from savings to balance budget again

Cassidy Alexander
 
| The Daytona Beach News-Journal
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The Volusia County School Board approved its nearly $1 billion budget and a slight tax increase this week — complete with almost $11 million from its reserves to balance out its annual deficit. 

Despite finding areas to trim the budget, the shifting landscape of education during COVID-19, years of the state’s inequitable funding system for Volusia County Schools, and ever-increasing operational costs were enough to keep the district in the red again if it didn’t dip into its savings. 

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Volusia schools asks state for funding assurances during pandemic

Cassidy Alexander
 
| The Daytona Beach News-Journal

The Volusia County School Board is seeking permission from the state to get full funding for students who tune into classes from home during the coronavirus pandemic, and for an exemption from high-stakes testing in the spring.

The state mandated that all schools open to provide in-person education by the end of August, but that doesn’t mean things will bounce back to normal. The waivers are an attempt to ensure the district’s funding and status isn’t disrupted as it tries to provide public education as the number of COVID-19 cases continues to grow.

“Crisis management does not provide an opportunity for school boards to make sound future plans,” the draft letter to Gov. Ron DeSantis and Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran reads. “In this regard, we implore you both to provide clear and consistent guidance for the operation of public schools this year.”

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