Halifax County School Board members plan to meet in person again on Monday using social distancing measures at Halifax County Middle School starting at 6:30 p.m. to consider a revision to the 2020-2021 school year calendar.
It has previously been discussed that the school system is unsure what next school year will look like, and Superintendent Dr. Mark Lineburg has said he expects several different options to be available to students.
School board members also have previously expressed interest in starting back in August, but nothing has been set in stone.
Currently, next school year’s start date is Aug. 17 followed by two weeks of new teacher orientation and teacher workdays, and open house on Aug. 11 and 13.
Also on the agenda is the proposed 2021-2022 school year calendar.
Two reports also are slated for Monday evening including an update on COVID-19 and an update on the high school.
During unfinished business, board members are expected to review the budget.
The board learned last month that their previously approved budget for the upcoming fiscal year had to be scrapped.
In March,the board approved their $61,648,812 FY2021 budget that included pay increases for teachers, administrations and support staff, but now that budget is void.
In April, Lineburg told school board members they’re now anticipating a $1.4 million shortfall.
“I thought we had a good budget… it’s real disappointing,” Lineburg told school board members, central office and the public when they held an electronic information session in April.
Previously, Gov. Ralph Northam had proposed targeting the Virginia Pre-School Initiative and at-risk students with additional funding, and the Virginia General Assembly wanted to add funding for salaries, according to Aylor.
Now, he said, the governor is proposing the school funding be $1 million short.
“It’s a whole different world, but I can’t tell you anything until I know state revenue,” said Aylor in April.
He said they also have sales tax and lottery funds to consider.
The Virginia General Assembly also met in April to hammer out the final numbers, and Lineburg said they’d receive a worksheet from the Virginia Department of Education to see what they’re final numbers are.
Board members also are slated to complete the following:
• Consider a revision to policy IKB homework;
• Appoint members to a transportation committee;
• Set a late June special school board meeting;
• Consider a resolution suspending school board policies;
• Consider policy GCBJ vacation; and
• Go into closed session to discuss personnel and property matters.