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Bowen’s 20 years as area educator rewarded

Bowen’s 20 years as area educator rewarded

He’s named assistant principal at Montross Middle School

County opens $9M judicial center

The new Westmoreland County Judicial Center — a facility that has been in the planning stages for 25...

Longtime educator takes over at W&L High School

Longtime educator takes over at W&L High School

When Dashan Turner was a boy growing up in a small town in Mississippi, one of his teachers told him...

Montross council productive July meeting

On July 22, Montross Town Council quickly took care of electing officers for the new fiscal year. R....

Westmoreland County’s Parker Farms Supplies Produce to East Coast

Westmoreland County’s Parker Farms Supplies Produce to East Coast

Parker Farms, headquartered near Oak Grove with 2,000 acres of produce growing along the Rappahannoc...

“Bridge Closed” signs up on Rt 205

“Bridge Closed” signs were posted this week on State Route 205 in Westmoreland County as the Virgini...

 

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9 school jobs saved in revised budget

Funding restored for assistant middle school principal and 8 instructional aides
The Westmoreland supervisors and county school division representatives worked long and hard this Monday afternoon and the result of the combined effort generated applause from the large group of school division supporters who gathered for the April 12 Board of Supervisors meeting.
At the end of the lengthy deliberations, funding had been restored to prevent next year’s elimination of the county school division’s assistant middle school principal and eight instructional aides.
On Tuesday morning, numbers were still being tweaked. Westmoreland would raise the tax it levies on machinery and tools in order to support the additional assistance the new budget will provide to the county’s school division.

In addition to saving nine school division jobs, the adjustments allow the school division to continue its pre-kindergarten program whose proposed elimination generated wide-spread public outcry following the county school board’s reluctant adoption of the most austere ever budget on March 22. Funding for the division’s algebra readiness program has also been restored.
The new county budget’s bottom line was approximately $20.7 million. With the real estate tax rate set at 46 cents, the average tax bill will remain at last year’s level.
A public hearing has been scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, April 23, in A.T. Johnson auditorium. Adoption will follow in the same location at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 1.
The new tax rates and budget will govern the fiscal year that begins  July 1.
Throughout the long budget discussion the recurring subject was the dire economic condition. County Administrator Norm Risavi noted a sharp decline in everything from new home construction activity to earnings from the county’s sale of recyclable materials. Residents, he explained, are buying fewer new cars and home appliances.
The average Westmoreland County landowner’s property value appreciated 10.36 percent, according to the most recently compiled set of reassessment numbers. Values inside the Town of Colonial Beach rose only 3.75 percent.
More information on the proposed 2010-2011 Westmoreland County budget will be published in next week’s edition of The Journal.

 

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