Explanation Of The School Transfer

Explanation Of The School Transfer And The Level Of Authority The Board Of Supervisors Has For The Funds It Transfers

The Fairfax County School Board is a legally separate entity that serves as the local education agency providing educational services to Fairfax County students. Since the School Board has no taxing authority, it is fiscally dependent on Fairfax County Government. Each year, the Board of Supervisors approves a transfer from county funds to the school system to finance school operations.

It is the duty of the Fairfax County Public Schools to prepare the public education budget estimates. These must be submitted to the Board of Supervisors by April 1 each year. The estimate for public education submitted to the Board of Supervisors must show the amount of money estimated to be received from the State Basic School Aid Fund and the amount needed for the support of public schools, including instruction, operating and maintenance costs, the capital reserve fund and other costs. In adjusting the school budget, the Board of Supervisors may make changes only in the total amount or in the amounts of major categories like the ones shown above. The Board of Supervisors may not adjust individual line items since this would overreach upon the School Board’s statutory requirements to operate the school system. The Board of Supervisors must adopt the school budget no later than May 1.

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