The Prince William County School Board voted last week to approve $5.6 million in cuts from Superintendent Steven L. Walts’s budget for fiscal 2014. Walts amended his original budget to compensate for reduced funding from the state and county.
The board voted, 7 to 0, in favor of the revised budget, from $893.6 million to $888 million. Member Lisa E. Bell (Neabsco) did not attend the meeting.
Board members expressed dissatisfaction with the cuts but said they thought they had done the best they could with the shortfall they are facing.
“Is it the budget that we all like? No,”Chairman Milton C. Johns (At Large) said at the meeting. “It’s the budget that we have. . . . There’s something in it for everybody to hate, and that’s not a good thing, but the fact of the matter is we have to balance equities. Inevitably, there will be things that people won’t like. Unfortunately, we can’t make everyone happy, but I think we’ve done a good job for our community.”