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Fauquier County school-backers turn out for public hearing

Tuesday, Mar. 25 | By Jonathan Hunley
Kate Warzinski has sent six children through the Fauquier County Public School system. She pleaded with the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday night to make the education of the county's children a main priority.
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Fauquier educators and parents brought a clear message to the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday night:

They want as much funding as possible for education in the next fiscal year.

Twenty-four of 28 speakers at a public hearing on the fiscal 2015 county budget told supervisors that their money priority is the schools.

Some even said they would be glad to pay more taxes to accomplish the goal – no small claim in a county where politics is dominated by Republicans.

"I am asking you to make the investment in the future of our county," said Kate Warzinski, a parent of children in Fauquier schools.

County Administrator Paul McCulla proposed a $166.4 million general fund budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

It would devote $80.4 million to county schools, nearly $2 million more than the current fiscal year. But that total is some $3 million less than the School Board says is necessary.

It's not likely that supervisors will vote to make up that entire difference, but Supervisor Chris Granger said after the public hearing that he's willing to see if the gap can be narrowed.

For more on this issue, see Friday's Fauquier Times.

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