Montgomery schools’ $6.2 million deficit
By Christian Trejbal
Trejbal is a Roanoke Times editorial writer. He is based in the New River Valley.
Montgomery County schools recently received some good news. At least, it was good news in the sense that a looming fiscal catastrophe will be slightly less catastrophic.
Last month, the school board adopted a preliminary budget for county residents to discuss. After a public hearing scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday at the county government building in Christiansburg, the school board will make any adjustments and then forward a budget request to the board of supervisors.
What makes the preliminary budget notable this year is just how bleak it is. It includes a $6.2 million shortfall that must be closed with new revenue, which is not likely forthcoming, or cuts.