Hanover school system undergoes efficiency review

By Sunni Blevins - bio | email

HANOVER, VA (WWBT) - Hanover County public schools are about to go under a microscope.  The school system is undergoing an efficiency review that will look into everything from food service to transportation.

Six other school systems in our area have undergone a similar review program. It's all part of an initiative that Governor Warner launched in 2003. The state kicks in money to make sure Virginia education dollars are being spent wisely.

From athletics to academics, this efficiency review program is designed to showcase what Hanover is doing well and where it could do better.  Gibson Consulting Company from Texas will be here in the coming weeks to look into Hanover's schools.  It's news folks we spoke with were happy to hear.

Andrea Beach says, "I'm actually absolutely excited that they are reviewing because I believe with them coming in they can possibly open doors to maybe further my tax dollars and help Hanover get the most out of what I pay."

Chesterfield County schools recently underwent this process.  In March, we were there when the results came in.  The audit found $4.5 million in savings.  That's out of a $500 million operating budget, but every little bit helps, and many of the recommendations have been implemented.

One suggestion to make money was to up the drivers ed fee from $100 to $116.  School leaders did so, and it's generating $40,000. The state pays for 75 percent of this review.  Hanover's contribution will be about $25,000.

School leaders are expecting this efficiency report to be revealed in late April, early May.

School systems in Richmond, Dinwiddie, New Kent, Petersburg, and Louisa have also completed efficiency reviews.

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