Feb. 8 Rally and discussion of school budget
On Feb. 8 the #FigureItOutRally was held from 5 to 6 p.m. in front of the Loudoun County Government center, in support of Loudoun County Public Schools opening. The rally was held prior to the Feb. 8 joint meeting of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors and School Board Committee which was held to discuss the school’s $1.5 billion 2022 Fiscal Year budget.
Interim Superintendent Scott Zeigler was questioned on the spending of the current $1.3 billion budget. There were also questions on details of any savings, due to schools not being open since March 2020.
Supervisor Caleb Kershner (R-Catoctin) conducted a survey of constituents, and said there was support for withholding some funding until the complete school enrollment level is known.
Supervisor Mike Turner (D-Ashburn) said he will propose a 10 percent withholding of school funding, until there is a full return to classes. Currently Loudoun schools are planned to open schools to students in preschool through 5th grades two days a week on Feb. 16, followed by middle and high school students, also two days a week, on March 3.