P.O. Drawer 140, 100 Central Circle

Low Moor, VA  24457



To Support the Creation of a Small and Rural Schools Coalition


            During its regular meeting on January 24, 2018, the Alleghany County School Board took the following action:



            Randall S. Tucker, Chairman                                                  YES

            Gerald E. Franson, Vice Chairman                                         YES

            R. Craig Lane                                                                          YES

            Danielle I. Morgan                                                                   YES    

            Norman L. Persinger, Jr.                                                         YES                                        
            Jennifer S. Seckner                                                                 YES

            Jacob L. Wright                                                                       YES    



            On motion of Mrs. Seckner, seconded by Mrs. Morgan, that the following resolution be adopted:


WHEREAS, over 80 school divisions across the Commonwealth could be defined as Rural and/or Small; and

WHEREAS, Small and Rural Localities and Stakeholders have determined that working collaboratively will enhance their collective voice in legislative and other matters; and

WHEREAS, Local Stakeholders include School Boards, Boards of Supervisors, City Councils, Town Councils, Industrial Development Authorities, Chambers of Commerce, etc.; and

WHEREAS, Small and Rural Stakeholders believe that PK-12 public education is critical to the vitality of their region and to the Commonwealth as a whole; and

WHEREAS, Rural School Divisions have seen a decline in K-12 enrollment of almost 18,000 students since 2009 which represents a 6% decline; and

WHEREAS, 18% of students in the Rural School Divisions live below the Federal Poverty Level; and

WHEREAS, 50% of students in Rural School Divisions are eligible for Free or Reduced Priced Lunch; and

WHEREAS, the State share for school operations has decreased by 4.7% in Rural School Divisions since 2009 while the Local share for operations has increased by 4.3%; and

WHEREAS, these Rural Localities have the ability to raise only $19,469,500 by increasing property taxes by one penny (.01); and

WHEREAS, local poverty and tax revenues prevent Rural Localities from funding schools at the same level as affluent Localities.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Alleghany County School Board does hereby support the creation of a Small and Rural School Division Coalition in order to better advocate for our students, teachers, staff, and stakeholders.

Unanimously adopted this 24th day of January, 2018.






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Randall S. Tucker, Chairman                                      Lorie C. Bess, Clerk