City Council gives money back to schools

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PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) – More than $2 million is going back into the hands of the Portsmouth School Board after City Council members said it was money they needed to return.

Last month, members of the Portsmouth City Council said $1.3 million in leftover money was due back to the city. Policy states the School Board gets money from City Council, if there was any leftover, it was supposed to go back to the council.

But School Board members said both the city manager and the council were playing politics by asking for that money back. They stated the extra money went to textbooks and school programs.

Tuesday, City Council voted 6-0 to give a total of $2.6 million to the schools. $2.1 million goes to the Other Funds-Textbook Fund portion of the Education Fund and $500,000 goes in the General Fund-Operation and Maintenance Classification of the Education Fund.

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