Carroll schools face budgeting challenges

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Educators are factoring in funding cuts and rising fuel costs while developing a spending plan for the next fiscal year.

By Christopher Brooke, Reporter

HILLSVILLE — Carroll schools finances for 2012 seem likely to feel pressure from all sides, school board members heard in the first presentation of the full budget proposal last Tuesday.
Superintendent Greg Smith ticked off many challenges the staff faced when working up the proposal for the school board:
First, there's a 9.4 percent increase for employees' health insurance and an increase in Virginia Retirement System rates.
Then, Federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds are coming to a halt.

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