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Hanover County Public Schools Superintendent Michael Gill says his district strives to emphasize relevance, equity and innovation. “A cookie-cutter approach to education — one-size-fits-all — is never a good approach,” he says.

Highlighted by a 2 percent pay raise, Hanover County Public Schools has a budget for next year.

The county School Board Tuesday night adopted a $202.9 million budget for fiscal 2019, which includes a $3 million bump in the school division’s capital improvement fund with $10 million slated for infrastructure improvements. The budget also includes a raise for all employees and more slots for students at a regional school in Richmond focused on computer science.

The budget was adopted unanimously, the same result of the board’s original February budget approval. No board members had questions or comments before the vote.

With the budget approval, the school system will have a $185 million operating budget next year. Employees will receive a 2 percent raise and the division will also add several school counselors, two behavioral interventionists, an English as a Second Language teacher, a special education teacher, a bus driver and a special education bus assistant.

It also covers the continuation of the division’s five-year technology plan, which includes two instructional technology resource teachers, a technology support position and laptops for all elementary and high school teachers.

The general fund budget allocates money for eight more slots — 16 total — to CodeRVA, a regional school based in Richmond that’s focused on computer science. The school, now finishing up its first year, is being closely watched by education experts as an example of regional cooperation, education innovation and a diverse student body. A total of 13 localities send students to the school.

The Hanover schools capital improvement plan will fund renovations of the auditoriums at Lee-Davis High School and Patrick Henry High School, along with other projects throughout the division.

Thursday’s action concludes a monthslong process that first started when Superintendent Michael Gill introduced the administration’s budget proposal in January, with the School Board’s approval coming less than a month later on Feb. 13.

The county Board of Supervisors adopted its budget April 11 and like the rest of the state, the school division had its eyes on state legislators, who didn’t approve a budget until the end of May.

In the end, the approved state budget, which included Medicaid expansion, resulted in a $193,000 bump in the state allotment to Hanover schools. Nearly every school division in the state will get more state money because of Medicaid expansion.

The Hanover Board of Supervisors must approve that extra money before it’s added to the school system’s budget.

While Tuesday’s vote concludes this year’s budget process for the School Board, the school division’s finances will again take center stage Wednesday. The board’s finance committee will meet at 3 p.m. Wednesday in the School Board Room at 200 Berkley St. in Ashland.

jmattingly@timesdispatch.com

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Twitter: @jmattingly306

Education Reporter

Justin Mattingly covers K-12 schools and higher education. A northern New York native and a Syracuse University alumnus, he's worked at the RTD since 2017. You can follow him on Twitter at @jmattingly306.

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