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Schools face $1.3M budget gap

First Posted: 5:35 am - June 10th, 2015

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Randy Garner | The Cheraw Chronicle Ruby Elementary School principal Beth Suggs and husband Henry are pictured with Superintendent Dr. Harrison Goodwin at Monday’s meeting. Suggs will become the new principal of Edwards Elementary School.

Randy Garner | The Cheraw Chronicle Jefferson Elementary School principal Wendy Folsom is pictured with Superintendent Dr. Harrison Goodwin. Folsom has been named executive director of curriculum and instruction for the Chesterfield County School District.

CHESTERFIELD — School officials are working to fill a $1.3 million budget shortfall before the Chesterfield County School Board holds a vote on the district’s $54.3 million spending plan next Monday.

Budget concerns took up two-thirds of the school board’s 90-minute meeting June 8. The budget is $1.3 million out of balance, which Chief Financial Officer Brad Willard has attributed to state-mandated pay raises for personnel without any additional funding from the state.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Harrison Goodwin said the district has some things it can “just tighten up on,” to cut costs.

“We’ve got places where we have and dryers and paper towel dispensers in the same location,” Goodwin said. “We will take down the paper towel dispensers and save custodial funds by not buying so many paper towels.”

The board took no action on the budget this week. A vote on the spending plan is expected Monday.

EDWARDS PRINCIPAL NAMED

During Folsom’s time at Jefferson Elementary, the school received “Excellent” on the school report card in 2012, 2013 and 2014. In addition, Jefferson Elementary received a rating of “A” on its ESEA rating in 2012, 2013 and 2014.

Jefferson Elementary also received seven Palmetto gold and silver awards and was recognized as a Palmetto’s Finest semifinalist as well as a national Title I Distinguished School.

“Mrs. Folsom has had extensive experience in working with children of poverty and has had extensive training in curriculum and instruction,” said Goodwin “We are confident that she has the knowledge, drive and determination to assist our district in our pursuit of excellence.”

Reach reporter Randy Garner at 843-537-5261 and follow him on Twitter @CherawChronicle.

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