The Botetourt County School Board begins its public budget input sessions this week when members will take comments about the 2010-011 school budget before starting their own work sessions. The public input sessions begin at 7 p.m. and are:

• Thursday, Jan. 7 at James River High School.

• Tuesday, Jan. 12 at Read Mountain Middle School.

• Tuesday, Jan. 19 at Central Academy Middle School.

Two School Board members will attend each session along with a representative from the school administration.

The School Board also set the dates to start deliberating and preparing the budget. The School Board meets as a committee of the whole with the two members of the Board of Supervisors School Budget Committee. Those meetings begin January 28.

By law, the School Board has to present a proposed budget to the Board of Supervisors by April 1.