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The Fredericksburg City Council is now considering building a new school (which will cost upwards of $35 million) but council members admit that the only way to pay for it while still paying off the existing debt (which new school borrowing would increase by more than $2 million annually) is a major tax increase.

How ironic that nearly a year after Gov. Ralph Northam ordered all 133 K-12 public school districts in the commonwealth to close for the remainder of the 2019-20 academic year in a futile attempt to stop the spread of COVID-19, he now is ordering them to return for at least some in-person instruction by March 15 and imploring them to offer summer school as well. That’s a big step in the right direction, but such decisions are best made by local school boards, not politicians in Richmond.

Superintendent Sara Calveric presented a report on how unspent money from fiscal 2018, 2019 and 2020 could be used to pay for capital improvements to Caroline High School, Caroline Middle School, a building annex and three elementary schools.

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