Rural school funding included in bipartisan congressional budget deal

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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — School divisions can breathe a sigh in relief after federal funding for rural schools was included in a recent bipartisan congressional spending deal.

The deal extends funding after Dec. 20 to the Secure Rural School (SRS) program for two more years.

The Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act, made into law in 2000, provides federal money to fund schools in communities located in national lands and limited in property tax revenue, according to U.S. Sen. Mark Warner’s office.

The George Washington and Thomas Jefferson National Forests cover more than 1.6 million acres of land across the Virginia mountains, said the senator. The following are the counties in the Washington and Jefferson National Forests set to receive SRS funding:

CountyTotal Payment (FY18)
Craig$136,862.29
Augusta$135,735.99
Alleghany$123,520.49
Bland$77,448.69
Wythe$74,717.63
Smyth$73,247.57
Amherst$65,731.16
Giles$65,709.53
Rockbridge$63,861.27
Bath$63,495.29

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