Some Hanover County, school tasks could meld

Posted on Thursday, February 7, 2013 at 10:16 am

Hanover County schools and government might start sharing some financial operations.

The School Board heard an update on that process during its Jan. 31 work session.

Dr. Jamelle Wilson, superintendent of schools, said the schools and government have been working closely to identify ways to achieve greater efficiencies going forward.

The two entities already share grounds maintenance and fleet services.

“Our intent was to continue working with county staff to realize further efficiency and opportunities for depth of cross-training among other functions,” Wilson told the board.

“Since June of 2012, work has been underway to fully understand the needs of the county and schools and how we might support one another in a way that is seamless for our customers,” she continued.

Schools and county staff believe accounting, accounts payable, payroll, and purchasing could be consolidated.

This would not reduce any staff positions or save any money immediately. In the future, however, it could alleviate a need to hire additional positions for these functions on either the schools or county side.

“It makes good sense for everybody involved,” Ashland School Board member Hank Lowry commented.

Wilson recommended that schools and county staff develop an agreement clearly defining the consolidation of these functions, the service delivery model, and the effects on existing staff.

Schools staff would present an agreement to the School Board in the spring.

Lacrosse Lobby

The local lacrosse community has been lobbying the board in a quest to attain Virginia High School League status.

At last week’s work session, board members agreed with the staff recommendation to decline VHSL status for this year but to continue working toward that goal for the 2013-14 year.

The lacrosse community has made a financial commitment to the program, promising it would cost the school division no money.

The School Board intends to continue working out an agreement following its current budget work.

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