With the start of the new school year there comes many new changes, students start new grades; and for the ROWVA School District, they start a new chapter with a new Superintendent.
Joe Sornberger was hired to take over for Lloyd Little, who retired. Sornberger says he couldn’t be happier working in a district that he has some great family ties to. Sornberger says he has several family members who still live the surrounding areas, and his grandfather was on the ROWVA board for years.
Sornberger tells the WGIL Morning News there are some great positives to the ROWVA district, but like with any district in this state there are some issues him and the board will have to face head on.
“A lack of school funding coming from the state, declining enrollment,” Sornberger said. “When you put all those together, it’s kind of an evil setup, because the state pays you on the amount of kids you have. When your enrollment drops, and they cut you, then it’s kind of like a double-whammy.”
Sornberger says he’s very conservative when it comes to budgeting and he’s realistic about the situation. He says the reality is ROWVA’s had some deficit spending in the education fund over the last few years.
He say this year he’s projecting a deficit budget of more than $500,000.