P.O. Drawer 140,
To Support the Creation of a Small and Rural Schools Coalition
Randall S. Tucker, Chairman YES
Gerald E. Franson, Vice Chairman YES
R. Craig Lane YES
Danielle I. Morgan YES
Persinger, Jr. YES
Jennifer S. Seckner YES
Jacob L. Wright YES
On motion of Mrs. Seckner, seconded by Mrs. Morgan, that the following resolution be adopted:
WHEREAS, over 80 school divisions across the Commonwealth could be defined as Rural and/or Small; and
WHEREAS, Small and Rural Localities and Stakeholders have determined that working collaboratively will enhance their collective voice in legislative and other matters; and
WHEREAS, Local Stakeholders include School Boards, Boards of Supervisors, City Councils, Town Councils, Industrial Development Authorities, Chambers of Commerce, etc.; and
WHEREAS, Small and Rural Stakeholders believe that PK-12 public education is critical to the vitality of their region and to the Commonwealth as a whole; and
WHEREAS, Rural School Divisions have seen a decline in K-12 enrollment of almost 18,000 students since 2009 which represents a 6% decline; and
WHEREAS, 18% of students in the Rural School Divisions live below the Federal Poverty Level; and
WHEREAS, the State share for school operations has decreased by 4.7% in Rural School Divisions since 2009 while the Local share for operations has increased by 4.3%; and
WHEREAS, these Rural Localities have the ability to raise only $19,469,500 by increasing property taxes by one penny (.01); and
WHEREAS, local poverty and tax revenues prevent Rural Localities from funding schools at the same level as affluent Localities.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Alleghany County School Board does hereby support the creation of a Small and Rural School Division Coalition in order to better advocate for our students, teachers, staff, and stakeholders.
Unanimously adopted this 24th day of January, 2018.
A COPY TESTE:
Randall S. Tucker, Chairman Lorie C. Bess, Clerk