For the record, and in response to many emails and comments, I oppose furloughs on principle. Neither I nor any of my colleagues are happy with the budget outcome. None of us, given the opportunity to craft a budget individually, would have come up with this one. But that's the consequence of having nine independent voices, as was described in the Loudoun Independent:
Members wrestled all evening in their support for restoration of an item but opposition to the item that offset the restoration and/or opposed the item targeted for restoration but agreed to eliminate the identified item which provide the funding but in the end they just could not connect all the dots.Further, I'd like to point out the following, from the same story:
With midnight fast approaching School Board Chairman John Stevens (Potomac) sought to recess the meeting and allow more time for budget reconciliation at a reconvened meeting another day. Stevens indicated he had several options he wished to bring forth and it was evident Sugarland School Board member Dr. Joseph Guzman had not given up on his fight to restore summer school, and School Board member Robert Ohneiser (Broad Run) had more motions to offer. But before members commented on Stevens notion to recess to a date to be determined Sterling School Board member Warren Geurin called for a vote on the original motion to adopt Hatrick’s revised list of budget cuts and approved amendments.