Mayor Bowers touts the revenue generated for schools
Roanoke, VA — The City of Roanoke held a press conference today to announce year-to-date results from the Eat for Education campaign. Mayor David Bowers and Dr. Rita Bishop, Superintendent of Roanoke City Public Schools, were speakers at the event, which was held at Honey Baked Ham, an Eat for Education participating restaurant, located at 2626 Broadway Ave.
Mayor Bowers confirmed that dining dollars are making a difference and reported that through April 2011, which is most of the way through the city’s current fiscal year, the 2 percent meals tax increase has generated more than $3.7 million in revenue, which is 4.5 percent ahead of budget projections.
Dr. Bishop thanked Roanoke City Council members for implementing the meals tax increase and supporting education as a top priority for city government. She also thanked the public for eating for education, and directly supporting the city’s public schools.
Dr. Bishop shared specific ways the additional funding has helped the schools including the ability to keep class sizes at a reasonable level, purchase needed textbooks and materials, reinstate a full summer school program, and conduct the Division’s first summer reading camp for students in kindergarten through grade 2.
And she explained efficiencies which the Schools have implemented in order to make the most of their budget, such as outsourcing student and occupational health services, and completely reorganizing building operations and maintenance departments.
Eat for Education is a voluntary, opt-in program for restaurants. For those choosing to participate, it’s a great marketing opportunity and a unique way to show support for education. Participating restaurants have a window sticker with the logo of the program, and are listed on the program website. The program runs through June 30, 2012, the date on which the meals tax increase will expire.
So far 35 restaurants across the city have signed up to participate, giving their patrons a chance to enter a monthly drawing to win a $50 gift certificate for use at any establishment participating in the program. Details are on the Eat for Education website-www.eatforeducationroanoke.com.
Posted By Valerie Garner
Categories: Education, Finance, Local Events, Roanoke City Public Schools
Tags: budget, Roanoke City Public Schools, school_board