Blue Ribbon Commission

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The Blue Ribbon Commission is a 13-member citizen group, appointed by City Manager Maurice Jones in the Summer of 2013, to identify a sustainable funding model for Charlottesville City Schools. The formation of the Commission is the result of decreases in state and federal contributions to local schools, and multiple requests the schools have made to City Council for one-time funds needed to balance the division's operating budget[1]. The report, finalized in January 2014, will be used to guide Charlottesville's strategic planning process[2].

Requests for One-time Funds

In order to balance the operating budget for fiscal year 2013, the City gave the schools $1.8 million in one-time money from the General Fund, and the schools used $1.49 million in capital improvement money. For fiscal year 2014, the City gave the schools $2.63 million to balance the division’s operating budget.



Blue Ribbon Commission's recommendations were published in 2014

Blue Ribbon Commission of Sustainable School Funding Report


  1. Web. City taps citizen group to help with tough funding questions for schools, Tim Shea, Charlottesville Tomorrow, Charlottesville, VA, August 20, 2013, retrieved August 19, 2013.
  2. Web. Financial report on Charlottesville schools to guide strategic plan, Tim Shea, Charlottesville Tomorrow, Charlottesville, VA, May 30, 2014, retrieved June 5, 2014.

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