He said the additional training opportunities for school personnel led to increased student performance.

Sroufe said the $4,300 was the highest amount the division spent for a guest speaker.  He added that was the low-range of fees for speakers. Some fees quoted to the division were $18,000, he said, adding the division did not hire those speakers.

The division tries to be good stewards of the funds it receives, whether state, local or other, Sroufe said, and noted the school division requested $7,365,000 in local funds for the fiscal 2014-15 budget. The supervisors approved that request, which represented level funding from the previous fiscal year.

In 2015-16, after the division made the initial $8,699,000 local funding request, the county refinanced the debt service, which meant the division needed ($2,096,334) less funds from the locality, he said.

The amount was adjusted and actually decreased to $6,602,666 that year, Sroufe said.

That year, the division also gave a 1.5 percent pay hike, paid for technology upgrades and hired an additional special education teacher, Sroufe said.

The following fiscal year (2016-17), the amount of local funding requested…

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